Reese Witherspoon Opens up About Facing Anxiety and Panic Attacks Ever Since She Was a Child.

Reese Witherspoon opened up that she suffered from serious anxiety attacks before the filming of  “Wild,” began. A 2014 movie based on Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir of the exact same name, the actress said in a recent interview published on Tuesday.

In a conversation with Interview magazine, she revealed to Tracee Ellis Ross that she underwent treatment telling:

I had hypnosis, I was so scared,” Witherspoon told Tracee Ellis Ross for Interview, adding, “I was having panic attacks for three weeks before I started. I was so scared to do that, Tracee. I had hypnosis, I was so scared. 

The actress/producer even earlier stated that she started treatment at sixteen years of age to cope with the anxiety issues she was facing.

Despite the character’s little knowledge of hiking experience, she is driven to finish the gruelling trip in an effort to learn her true self in the aftermath of her mother’s death along with a divorce. Witherspoon, who coincidently lacks hiking experience just like her character in the film, disclosing she was uneasy heading into the filming.

“I hadn’t ever been alone in scenes for days and days. There were probably 25 days of the shoot where I had no other actor opposite me. It was just me and a camera and a backpack. I was like, ‘Is this going to be so boring?'” she told Tracee

At the time she signed onto “Wild,” Witherspoon was working to reinvigorate her career with increasingly complex and daring roles. But she said the film’s more explicit scenes with sex, drugs, and nudity evoked fear.

The impending solitude in Oregon’s untamed terrain as well as the looming truth that she will be “alone on camera with no other actors,” further led her to freak out.

In a previous interview on Jameela Jamil’sI Weigh” podcast in April 2020, she opened up about her anxiety issues. Telling that it felt like her brain had a wheel on which a Hamster kept running without ever stopping. She further added that she had been dealing with such discomfort her entire life.

Witherspoon went on to explain she struggled to manage with mental health after giving birth to each one of the kids – Ava Phillippe, twenty one, Deacon Phillippe, seventeen, and Tennessee Toth, eight. Witherspoon said she felt “more depressed” than any other time while suffering from “severe postpartum.”

The Jean Marc Vallee movie, stars Witherspoon as Strayed, a recovering heroin individual that embarks on a 1,100-mile rise along the Pacific Crest Trail. Witherspoon told Tracee that Strayed’s memoir, which inspired the movie, had a big influence on her.

She spoke about the book:

And Cheryl Strayed’s book was so beautiful and sacred to me because it spoke to me so deeply about how we as women have to save ourselves. There’s no mother or father coming to save us. There’s no spouse. I thought it was radical that at the end of the film, she ends up with no family, no money, no job, no partner, and she’s happy. I don’t know if I’ll ever work that hard again, but it changed me on a cellular level.

Famous Celebrities with Anxiety and Panic Attacks

Jennifer Lopez

the 49-year-old singer admits that her living has been far from ideal, particularly when it comes to her ex-relationship. The moment she understood that her seven-year marriage to Marc Anthony will end in divorce, she’d a panic attack during a photoshoot, prompting her to finish the relationship. “As I sat there getting made up, my heart was beating out of my chest and I felt like I couldn’t breathe… I became consumed with anxiety”

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio told Rolling Stone in 2010. “It’s crazy how your mind will become this database to make you worry about things that are so arbitrary. I have a well-organized life, and I’ve put a lot of thought into the things that I do, and then, you know, my stomach will be…I’ll just be sitting there, totally anxious about something ridiculous. You have to stop yourself during the day and say, ‘It’s just not worth it.”


Indeed, even Adele is actually plagued with nervousness before she offers a show-stopping performance – a lot so that she actually contemplated ending the tours for good. “I have anxiety attacks, constant panicking on stage, my heart feels like it’s going to explode because I never feel like I’m going to deliver”

Selena Gomez

As among the most followed individuals on Instagram, Selena Gomez has been vocal about the way the social media limelight has impacted her personal space and emotions. Though the pressures did not stop there: “Tours are a really lonely place for me. My self-esteem was shot. I was depressed, anxious. I started to have panic attacks right before getting on stage,” she told Vogue in 2017.

Emma Stone

Emma Stone revealed she began battling with anxiety at 7 years old. “That’s when I started having panic attacks, which I’ve talked about pretty extensively. I think your wiring is just kind of what you are. My mom always says that I was born with my nerves outside of my body,”

Carson Daly

Best noted for hosting the famous MTV show Total Request Live, Daly states, he suffered his very first panic hit right before he was going to go on air. “I had a hard time breathing. I was terrified for no apparent reason”

Prince Harry

In an interview, Prince Harry opened up about the panic attacks that plagued him after his mother’s death. “In my case, every single time I was in any room with loads of people, which is quite often, I was just pouring with sweat, my heart beating—boom, boom, boom, boom—literally, just like a washing machine,”

Missy Elliot

Award-winning rapper Missy Elliot exudes so much authority and confidence on stage, though she has fought a psychological struggle with anxiety since she was younger. In reality, the evening before her 2015 Superbowl halftime cameo performance, she’d a full-blown anxiety attack!

Mohid Moosani

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