During an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the Aloha star opened up about her childhood in Arizona, specifically about her struggles with panic attacks and how she was able to overcome them.
"It was really bad," she told the publication. "The first time I had a panic attack I was sitting in my friend's house, and I thought the house was burning down. I called my mom and she brought me home, and for the next three years it just would not stop. I would go to the nurse at lunch most days and just wring my hands. I would ask my mom to tell me exactly how the day was going to be, then ask again 30 seconds later. I just needed to know that no one was going to die and nothing was going to change."
Emma's parents took her to a therapist, but, what ended up helping her was something that can make others very anxious: stepping on stage. When she started acting at a local theater, the panic attacks suddenly eased. "There's something about the immediacy of acting," she said. "You can't afford to think about a million other things. You have to think about the task at hand. Acting forces me to sort of be like a Zen master: What is happening right in this moment?" As a bonus, her panic attacks essentially helped start her career.
Emma certainly isn't the only star who has suffered panic attacks (and dished about it), though. Amanda Seyfried, Lena Dunham, John Mayer, Caitlin Jenner and more stars have dealt with them too, according to the Huffingotn Post.