Emma Stone continues to discuss her history of anxiety and panic attacks post-Oscar win. “I was a very, very, very anxious child and I had a lot of panic attacks,” the Battle of the Sexes star told Stephen Colbert on The Late Show Tuesday night. “I benefited in a big way from therapy.”
Colbert showed the audience a picture drawn by Stone during therapy when she was 9 years old (the actress started going to therapy at the age of 7). “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, a uterus with some ovaries. But I didn’t mean for it to be hormonally related in any way. Like I said, I was 9.”
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Stone teamed up with the non-profit organization Child Mind Institute for a video campaign earlier this year. She recalled thinking she’d never move away from home, but has since developed tools to combat those feelings.
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“It has always been something that I’ve lived with and it flares up in big ways at different times in my life,” Stone said. “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.”
What helped her was performance.
“[Acting] helped me so much, improv helped me so much,” she told Colbert. “I mean, I still have anxiety to this day, not panic attacks—knock on wood.”
Watch Stone’s interview in the clip above.