Jennifer Lawrence Reveals She Suffered from Anxiety and Felt Worthless

Being an international celebrity can certainly have its downsides, but for Jennifer Lawrence the social anxiety she experienced happened before she even became famous.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star recently opened up to French magazine Le Figaro Madame about her tumultuous childhood in Kentucky. Jennifer was a happy-go-lucky, curious child but as soon as she entered school, “the light went out. We never knew what it was, a kind of social anxiety,” the Oscar winner revealed.

It’s hard to believe the seemingly confident, bighearted beauty (who interrupts interviews to console emotional fans ) would look to therapy in a quest for self-worth. Ultimately, salvation came in the form of her craft: acting. “One day, I begged my parents to take me to a casting. We went to New York, and that’s where I started acting. Just on stage, my mother saw the change that was taking place in me. She saw my anxieties disappear. She found her daughter, the one who had this light and joy before school.”

The turnaround was immediate. “I finally found a way [to] open the door to a universe that I understood, that was good for me and made me happy, because I felt capable, whereas before I felt worthless,” the 23-year old Silver Linings Playbook star told the mag.

Jennifer, who seems to have rekindled her romance with her X-Men: Days of Future Past co-star Nicholas Hoult is widely considered one of the most down-to-earth, genuine young actresses working in Hollywood today and wants her life to remain “as normal as possible.”