Copes With So­cial Anx­i­ety

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Michelle Pfeif­fer has grap­pled with so­cial anx­i­ety through­out her en­tire ca­reer. “At the be­gin­ning it re­ally terrified me,” the 59-year-old con­fides. After land­ing the lead in 1982’s Grease 2 and fol­low­ing it up with a scene-steal­ing role op­po­site Al Pa­cino in Scar­face, the suc­cess of 1987’s The Witches of East­wick launched her to the top of the Hol­ly­wood A-list while si­mul­ta­ne­ously ex­ac­er­bat­ing her con­di­tion. “When the big shift hap­pened for me…it lit­er­ally hap­pened overnight. It was ter­ri­fy­ing,” ad­mits Michelle, who stars in the up­com­ing Mur­der on the Ori­ent Ex­press. She found her anx­i­ety ris­ing again while film­ing the Agatha Christie thriller. “I was slightly anx­ious about be­ing trapped on the train all day long,” she ex­plains. But she’s found that paint­ing is the perfect es­cape from the de­mands of her ca­reer. Says Michelle, “I need to have my own pri­vate time and space to gather my­self.”

With Al Pa­cino in 1983’s Scar­face

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