Emma Stone on Her Anxiety & Coping Strategies

Posted September 21, 2017

"I was a very, very anxious child, and I had a lot of panic attacks", she explained.

At a press conference over the weekend promoting the film, Fox Searchlight scheduled two separate conferences: one featuring the members of "Team Billie Jean" (featuring the real-life King herself, alongside Stone, Andrea Riseborough, Alan Cumming, Austin Stowell, Natalie Morales, and Jessica McNamee), the other with "Team Bobby" (Steve Carell, Bill Pullman, Elisabeth Shue, Eric Christian Olsen, directors Valerie Faris & Jonathan Dayton, writer of the theme "If I Dare", Sara Bareilles, and composer Nick Britell).

Colbert, joking, played the role of therapist, while Stone shared that acting and improv have helped her to deal with her anxiety.

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'This is me, I guess. "It's really great artistry with my shoes and then this is anxiety here", she said of her drawing. It's a little green monster that looks a little bit, as someone backstage said, (like) a uterus with some ovaries.

"The fact that she let herself explore that and not deny herself that because of her place, because of her public image and all the pressure that was on her - I think that's what was so fearless in those times", said Faris. She recalled thinking she'd never move away from home, but has since developed tools to combat those feelings. "I thought maybe I could help somebody else find a way to live in her own skin". "Sometimes while it's happening, like while I'm in a phase of big turmoil, it feels like it's never gonna end - but it does".

"Not just around her shoulder, around her neck", says King, still outraged.

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"I helped her out with the tennis, but we didn't spend too much time together".

Faris tells THR, "It was important they met, but they were starting to get a little friendly and Emma realized, 'I think I need to have a little distance.' Emma said she felt weird because she had to just study video tape of Billie Jean". "I mean, I still have anxiety to this day, not panic attacks - knock on wood".

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