Panic attacks can hit anyone, even beautiful actresses.
In the July issue of Vogue, Emma Stone reveals she turned reclusive as a kid thanks to panic attacks, the first of which she suffered at the age of eight. “I was just kind of immobilized by it,” she tells the magazine. “I didn’t want to go to my friends’ houses or hang out with anybody, and nobody really understood.”
So how has she overcome this problem? With comedy. At 11 years old she started getting involved in improv comedy.
“It gave me a sense of purpose. I wanted to make people laugh. Comedy was my sport. It taught me how to roll with the punches. Failure is the exact same as success when it comes to comedy because it just keeps coming. It never stops.”
She also describes how baking also calms her, even as an adult.
“I think I felt really out of control of my surroundings. I was just baking all the time. There were stacks of things in the kitchen that nobody could possibly go through. It seemed like it made me feel, if I put these in, I’ll know what the outcome is … I was overbaking.”