Being Highly Sensitive and Creative - Page 30

"She has the same kind of passion and excess [as Joan] and, you know, she can laugh and she can cry two seconds afterwards. "She can cry for an ant on the street. She has, like, no skin. She feels everything. Even the wind can make her cry." - Director Luc Besson, about Milla Jovovich, the star of their film "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc" [LA Times, 11.11.99] Strong emotional reactivity is one aspect of high sensitivity many of us experience. In a questionnaire for parents on her site The Highly Sensitive Person, Dr. Aron includes an item to consider about children: "feels things deeply." And we may not lose that tendency as adults. The late actor Brittany Murphy once commented, “I’m a very oversensitive, vulnerable person. You have to be to do this for a living.” “I get emotional all the time,” Jennifer Beals once said. “Every now and again, my heart just explodes and expands.” Laurel Holloman, her castmate on the tv series “The L Word,” said, “My theory on that is all the best actors have a couple of layers of skin peeled away.” "I'm too sensitive to watch most of the reality shows. It's so painful for me." Amy Brenneman... [Hollywood Reporter, Aug 11 2003] Scarlett Johansson has noted that sensitivity can have a dark side: “I think I was born with a great awareness of my surroundings and of