Being Highly Sensitive and Creative - Page 31

other people. Sometimes that awareness is good, and sometimes I wish I wasn’t so sensitive.” Actor / musician Mandy Moore: "I'll cry at anything, even a tissue commercial. I'm overly sensitive. It's so easy to hurt my feelings." [allstarz.org] Another quote of hers: "I'm extremely-extremely sensitive. I can cry at the drop of a hat. I'm such a girl when it comes to that. Anything upsets me. I cry all the time. I cry when I'm happy too." [absolutely.net] Fame and sensitivity Fame can be an assaultive experience for sensitive people. Johnny Depp has said he felt so intimidated by his celebrity status during his early career that he was often drunk to “be able to speak and get through it.” [Also see my article Actors and Addiction.] But fame can also be strengthening, as Kim Basinger explained: “Because I’m such a shy person, having to live it out loud in front of everyone has made me a stronger woman, so much stronger, that it’s been a gift to me in a way.” Shyness is a common experience for many highly sensitive people, including actors. Nicole Kidman has commented, “It was very natural for me to want to disappear into dark theater, I am really very shy. That is something that people never seem to fully grasp because, when you are an actor, you are meant to be an exhibitionist.” Jane Fonda admits she didn’t get over her shyness until she was about sixty.