In life, no man is invincible, indestructible, and perfect in all ways. Each and every person have their own fair share of fear as well as strength. Though people may seem as normal as they possibly can from the outside, we never know what goes through their heads or what they go through, or fear, and have to suffer on a daily basis.
While some go beyond their limits to suppress their fears, some are bound with their phobias for the rest of their lives. And it is of no surprise that celebrities who seem god-like perfect on screen also have some kinds of fears.
Over the past years, some actors/actresses have openly addressed and overcome their fears, while some are still very afraid to even mention them. Here we will talk about the top ten actresses of Hollywood with some insane, scary, or even weird phobias.
1. Jennifer Aniston
For anyone of you who doesn’t know, Jennifer Aniston suffers from Thalassophobia. It is a fear of ‘sea’, ‘deep waters’, or any kind of water bodies such as pools, ponds, and lakes.
The Friends actress has been vocal about her fear of underwater quite a few times. Though she has done a few underwater scenes in movies and TV shows, she is terrified of underwater in real life.
During an interview, she revealed that the real reason behind her fear was her incident in a swimming pool. She said,
“I was a kid and I was riding this tricycle around a swimming pool and I drove my tricycle into the swimming pool and I didn’t let go and my brother tried to help me, So, I can’t go underwater and no one will believe me. I honestly can’t.”
2. Scarlett Johansson
Don’t get surprised if I say our very own Black Widow is terrified of birds. She has Ornithophobia, a fear of birds. The actress will steer away from anywhere at any time if she sees them and will run away if she has a chance. She said,
“Something about wings and beaks and the flapping. I’m terrified of them. That still hasn’t gone away. My uncle is terrified of birds, as well, so it runs in the family.”
Moreover, the actress also suffers from Katsaridaphobia, a fear, or dislike of cockroaches. Well, this one is quite common.
3. Nicole Kidman
The Oscar-winning actress Nicole has dominated the acting world since 1983 for almost four decades. Kidman has played calm, loving, too fearful roles in her career.
And it may sound funny and weird but Nicole suffers from Lepidopterophobia. It is the fear of butterflies, moths, or any kind of insect from the butterfly family. She herself addresses her fears in a fun way saying,
“I jump out of planes, I could be covered in cockroaches, I do all sorts of things, but I just don’t like the feel of butterflies’ bodies.”
The actress gets panic attacks and anxiety with butterflies even though she has tried to overcome her fears by visiting butterfly cages several times.
4. Megan Fox
Forever gorgeous Megan Fox made her breakthrough as Mikaela Banes in the 2007 blockbuster Transformers. So far, she has had some badass roles in movies like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film sequel, Rogue, Jennifer’s Body, and others.
Surprisingly, the actress-model has a fear of dry paper called Papyrophobia. Ironically her whole career is based on acting and it requires her to read scripts and everything.
Fox surely has a hard time going on as she has to have a cup of water beside her to dip her fingers before turning pages while reading scripts. Moreover, she laminates her important documents in her life in order to avoid touching dry paper. Similarly, she has fear of the dark and is also uncomfortable watching her photographs and movies.
5. Jennifer Love Hewitt
The 43-year-old actress Jennifer Love Hewitt has a bunch of fears and phobias out of which the worst is Elevatophobia and Galeophobia. It makes the person fear using an elevator.
According to the actress herself, she prefers to ride an elevator if it’s less than five people. She says, “I prefer it when it’s empty so I can scream if I want to. I am also scared of sharks, which is why you will never find me in the sea, and I am a terrible hypochondriac.”
6. Sarah Paulson
Looking at The American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson’s acting credits, she seems fierce. Although she has played some scary roles, she could never overcome her fear of bees (Melissophobia) and Trypophobia in real life.
During an interview with Elle on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, she opened up about her fears saying,
“I could be carrying a small child, and if a bee came around, that baby’s getting dropped, I can’t manage my feeling about it.”
She also talked about her Trypophobia, saying, “I just think they’re disgusting. I can’t look at a coral reef or a natural sponge.” Trypophobia is a fear of unsymmetrical tiny holes.
7. Kristen Stewart
The Twilight film sequel star Kristen Stewart has won the hearts of many with her looks as well as her acting talents.
During her role in The Snow White and The Huntsman, she is seen riding horses majestically, but did you know she suffers from Equinophobia? It is the fear of horses basically caused if the person is bitten, kicked, stepped on, or fell off a horse.
Stewart said she fell off a horse when she was 9 and broke and dislocated her elbow. This led her to garner her fear of horses.
8. Katie Holmes
The 43-year-old actress and fashion icon Katie Holmes is best known as the ex-wife of Tom Cruise. As she has dominated the fashion world, her former husband has dominated the acting world.
Straight forward to the point, Holmes has a fear of raccoons called Rakounphobia or Agrizoophobia. She discovered her fear of raccoons when she encountered one back in 2011.
The actress reportedly either freaks out or starts barking in response to seeing a raccoon. She recalls the moment during her appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
9. Kristen Bell
Kristen Bell wears GLOVES in the pool due to her fear of pruney fingers. A strange fear or phobia indeed. The mother of two doesn’t even go to the pool for a swim due to fear.
Back in 2018, her husband Da Shepard talked about her fears while appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He said, “What I had been told thus far is she just doesn’t like going in the pool, She’ll take the kids out there but she just sits in a lawn chair or whatever.”
Shepard also revealed that whenever she goes for a swim she wears gloves specially intended for pool water. He further added, “When her fingertips are pruney she doesn’t want to touch other people’s skin.”
10. Cameron Diaz
Last but not the least, our Charlie’s Angel Cameron Diaz is terrified of doorknobs. The actress suffers from Ostiumtractophobia which makes you fear touching the door handles/doorknobs.
As per reports, Diaz would open the doors with her elbow and clean the doorknobs till the paint faded due to her OCD. However, as of 2022, she is somewhat trying to overcome her fear little by little.