Our intrinsic human nature ensures that each and every one of us has a fear of something. Whether its death, the dark, blood, heights or creepy crawlies, fixations and phobias have been around for a very long time and are very common indeed.
Naturally, even the rich and famous are susceptible to everyday fears, some of which are irrational and some completely understandable! After all, we are all humans and our minds work in bizarre and mysterious ways...
Here are some phobias that the Hollywood elite are particularly haunted by:
1. Johnny Depp
Admittedly, this fear is not that irrational but it's interesting to mention considering Johnny Depp portrays so many clown-like roles in his movies. For example, check him our in the Tea Party scene in Alice In Wonderland:
Yet, behind the camera, the colorful characters absolutely terrify him and the 'coulrophobia' affliction haunts him often:
"Something about the painted face, the fake smile [...] There always seemed to be a darkness lurking just under the surface, a potential for real evil."
2. Billy Bob Thornton
Phobia: Old Furniture
Okay, this one is really strange. Billy Bob Thornton has quite a number of home-related phobias, mostly concerning antique furniture. When asked about his irrational fear in an interview, he was forced to develop on the matter, explaining:
I don’t mind a chair. I can go as far back as you want with Asia or Mexico. It’s that French/English/Scottish old mildewy stuff. Old dusty heavy drapes and big tables with lions’ heads carved in it. Stuff that kings were around. That’s the stuff I can’t be around. It was too big to be functional. It creeps me out.
Billy Bob... I'm sorry to break this to you, but I'm sure there are far more important things in the world to be frightened of.
3. Jennifer Aniston
Having a fear of flying when you're required to jet-set around the world must be very difficult for Jennifer Aniston. Ever since she was caught in an electrical storm on a flight to New York, the harrowing experience has meant that she is now terrified of boarding a plane. She adds:
"What scares me is taking off, because I don't understand how the plane gets up there. I've heard all about the aerodynamics, the speed, the engine. Of course, when your numbers up, it's up. Maybe I'm just a control freak. I'm still nervous - though much better than I was."
You and me both, Jen.
4. Nicole Kidman
Coming from a land of poisonous snakes, deadly spiders and scaly crocodiles, you would think that Nicole Kidman would have plenty to fear. Yet, in reality, she's just scared of butterflies. Having 'lepidopterophobia' and means that she cannot be seen anywhere near winged insects.
"I have tried to get over it (the phobia) I walked into the big butterfly cage at the American Museum of Natural History and had the butterflies on me, but that didn't work. 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."
5. Uma Thurman
Phobia: Confined spaces
Uma Thurman, I can totally relate to your discomfort of being stuck in enclosed spaces. Yet, thankfully I also don't have your job. The self-confessed claustrophobic was terrified having to act that infamous scene in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 where she is buried in a coffin. Remind yourself of it here:
Poor Uma told reporters that:
"There was no acting required. Real screams available [...] It was horrific. Nobody wants to live that experience."
6. Christina Ricci
Phobia: Indoor plants
Yes, Christina Ricci is afraid of plants. Not just any plants, but specifically of the indoor type. Talking of her 'botanophobia,' she says:
"It's more indoor plants. If I have to touch one, after already being so repulsed by the fact that there is a plant indoors, then it just freaks me out."
7. Carmen Electra
Despite starring in Baywatch and running up and down the ocean shore, Carmen Electra is actually scared of water. The 'aquaphobe' has struggled with her fear all of her life. She admits:
"I get terrified anywhere near it and have a panic attack!"
She seems fine in water to me...
What are YOU afraid of? Let me know!