The Weird and the Wacky: Hollywood’s Strangest Fears and Phobias
From Scarlett Johansson to Matthew McConaughey, several celebrities have strange phobias, some very common and others very strange (Getty Images)
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When we think of Hollywood celebrities, we often imagine lives filled with glamor and luxury. However, like everyone, these stars have their own fears and phobias. While their on-screen characters may exude confidence and fearlessness, it’s important to remember that they too are human.
Kendall Jenner: Small holes
Kendall Jenner attends the 2023 Met Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2023 in New York (Getty Images)
The model candidly shared on her app: “Anyone who knows me knows that I suffer from very severe trypophobia.” Trypophobes are afraid of small holes with strange patterns. Jenner said: “Things that might turn me off are pancakes, honeycombs or lotus heads (the worst!).”
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Scarlett Johansson: The Birds
Scarlett Johansson attends the 92nd Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood and Highland on February 9, 2020 in Hollywood, California (Getty Images)
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Scarlett Johansson is afraid of birds, especially their wings, beaks and flapping. She revealed her lifelong dislike, particularly calling out peacocks on the set of her film “We Bought a Zoo” as intimidating.
Katie Holmes: Raccoons
Katie Holmes revealed the moment she came face to face with her fear of raccoons (@katieholmes/Instagram)
Katie Holmes had a rather uncomfortable encounter with her fear of raccoons, sharing the story on “The Tonight Show” in 2011. She described a close encounter in which a raccoon approached her and, instead of the expected fear, he looked down on her. Uncertain, Scarlett stood up and barked at the raccoon, causing it to run away.
Matthew McConaughey: Revolving Doors
Matthew McConaughey on April 6, 2005 at the MTV Studios in Times Square in New York (Gregory Pace/FilmMagic)
Matthew McConaughey has a rather particular fear of revolving doors and worries around them. The Oscar winner revealed that he gets nervous when confronted with these common entrances.
Liam Payne: Spoons
Liam Payne attends Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball 2019 (Getty Images)
Former One Direction member Liam Payne has an unusual fear of spoons. He attributes it to a childhood punishment of doing dishes, particularly using “ugly spoons.” He said: “I had to wash all those nasty spoons and then it stayed with me afterwards. I don’t know what people do with their spoons, I don’t want to know!
DJ Khaled: the heights
DJ Khaled Attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards (Getty Images)
DJ Khaled, a successful hip-hop mogul, didn’t board a plane for 10 years because he was afraid of flying. “I haven’t flown in 10 years. For 10 years!” the producer said in a 2017 Instagram post showing himself on a jet with his 10-month-old son. Kaled continued: “That’s the only thing I had was a fear of flying. [His son] Asahd helped me overcome my fear of flying.”
Kristen Bell as Pruney Fingers
Kristen Bell attends the 2017 People’s Choice Awards (Getty Images)
Dax Shepard playfully exposed his wife Kristen Bell’s bizarre fear in a July 2018 Instagram post. He shared a photo of her wearing gloves in the pool, explaining that she doesn’t like the feeling of the tip prune fingers on his skin.
Martin Freeman: Lawyers
Martin Freeman is seen at “The Operative” (Die Agentin) press conference in 2019 (Getty Images)
Martin Freeman has an aversion to lawyers due to his fear of choking. “Every time I have an avocado, every time I cut an avocado and I see the stone, I imagine that stone is lodged in my windpipe. And every time I think that I am physically [cringe]. I can’t stand it,” he said on “The Graham Norton Show.” To cope, he simply avoids eating too much avocado.
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