Celebrities may have more millions in the bank and live extravagant lifestyles but they really are just like us normal folk. And they especially have the same fears – fears of not exceeding, not being a good parent, not having many friends, and so on. But then there is whole other level of fear, the one that’s extreme. Take a peek at some of the hottest celebs and their super odd phobias!
Robert De Niro – Dentists
De Niro is a total tough guy…who is scared of the dentist. That’s right, the dentist. Most people under the age of 12 also have the same fear but when you’re Robert De Niro, you get a pass.
Kristen Stewart – Horseback Riding
Stewart’s awkward but highly popular portrayal as Belle from Twilight quickly brought her into the limelight. During filming, she met her former boyfriend, Robert Pattinson, who loves to go horseback riding while Stewart is terrified of the sort. She has said she gets her fear is odd but she won’t do it unless she absolutely has to.
Pamela Anderson – Mirrors
Baywatch star, Pamela Anderson is completely terrified of mirrors. I mean, has she ever looked at herself in the mirror? She’s got absolutely nothing to worry out!
Matthew McConaughey – Revolving Doors
Al-right, al-right, al-right. Hollywood stud, Matthew McConaughey, is terrified of revolving doors. No, we are not joking, this is a legitimate fear. McConaughey downright refuses to go near them and will not under any circumstance, use them. We are just as baffled as you.
Megan Fox – Paper
That’s right. The gorgeous Megan Fox is petrified of paper. Which is surprising as she’s an actress and has to read scripts all the time! However, she will not use or touch anything that is on dry paper, she has to have laminated papers. I guess she can get away with it when she’s super rich and well, insanely hot.
Carmen Electra – Water
Okay so, Carmen Electra’s fear of water is super rational, nothing crazy about that. But come on, Electra was the star of the former hit show Baywatch, where she played a lifeguard! If she hasn’t already resorted to using anxiety disorder treatment, it may be something to consider.
Tyra Banks – Dolphins
I absolutely adore dolphins so when I found out that bombshell model, Tyra Banks, was completely terrified of them, I laughed. Come on, dolphins? They’re one of the most intelligent and gorgeous mammals out there and Banks is terrified, she can’t even so much as see a picture of one. That’s just odd.
Orlando Bloom – Pigs
Let’s think about this for a second, Bloom is a gorgeous English actor who was married to supermodel Miranda Kerr and has portrayed some seriously bad a** characters on screen. Lord of the Rings and Pirates of the Caribbean, just to name a few movies where his characters were dreamy and totally awesome. And yet, Bloom is completely terrified of pigs! News broke out that during filming Kingdom of Heaven, some pigs got loose and Bloom was the first to start running!
Hilary Duff – Dirt
Lizzie McGuire is terrified of dirt? Nope, Hilary Duff, who portrayed Lizzie, is! Duff does not like any dirt in her home, I mean, don’t get me wrong – there’s lots of people who don’t like that either. However, her fear goes on to the point that she cleans her room EVERY single night to ensure there is no dirt anywhere. Maybe I should pick this phobia up too…nah.
Adele – Seagulls
Adele is super funny and has the voice of angel, however, this huge star is totally terrified of seagulls. When Adele was 9, she was “walking down the promenade in Tenby” with an ice cream cone in hand when a “huge (expletive) seagull” came down and took her ice cream. She was sure she was going to get picked up with it. Interesting.
Cameron Diaz – Doorknobs
Diaz is super funny, insanely gorgeous and is terrified of doorknobs. No, that wasn’t a typo. She is seriously terrified of doorknobs, the reason why is just up to speculation at this point. Kind of makes us normal folks actually seem…normal.
Oprah Winfrey – Chewing Gum
It seems almost wrong to have someone as powerful and amazing as Oprah Winfrey on this list but alas, she is. For her crazy and laughable fear of chewing gum. She is so terrified that she has banned chewing gum from her show and reportedly, has thrown plates away that have any chewing gun on it. Oprah claims the fear stems from childhood but it just seems plain crazy to us.
Johnny Depp – Clowns
Depp has played some weirdos on-screen, Edward Scissorhands, Jack Sparrow, and Sweeney Todd. So we’re just as surprised as you to learn that Depp is insanely scared of clowns! Granted, clowns can be downright frightening but his portrayal of Edward Scissorhands was equally as terrifying.
Jennifer Love Hewitt – Elevators
Hewitt is a 90’s legend, her popular films Can’t Hardly Wait and I Know What You Did Last Summer are iconic. Plus, Hewitt is drop dead gorgeous. However, the starlet is terrified of elevators. We aren’t completely sure how rational this phobia is but we’re not one to judge. Besides, imagine all the exercise she gets from using the stairs all the time!
Nicole Kidman – Butterflies
Nicole Kidman has starred in some of the greatest films out there, amounting to over $300 million in her career, was once married to actor, Tom Cruise, and lives a luxurious lifestyle. However, the Australian beauty has one of the weirdest phobias out there – butterflies. No seriously. Kidman is totally fine with spiders (oddly enough) but if a butterfly so much is even feet away, she can’t handle it. Let’s hope husband, Keith Urban, knows how to handle the situation.
Matt Damon – Reptiles
The Bourne Identity, Good Will Hunting, and The Departed are amazing films and Matt Damon’s acting in each one is top notch. Damon is a Hollywood legend…who just so happens to be terrified of reptiles. I’m right there with you, buddy. Those slithery, creepy little critters make my skin crawl! Damon’s fear stems from filming We Bought a Zoo where snakes played a huge part, we totally get it, snakes and other reptiles are downright freaky.
Helen Mirren – Telephones
The worlds great communication tool is that of a telephone, however, for Helen Mirren, it’s a total nightmare. Mirren is terrified of talking on the phone and she even hates the idea of having to answer her phone. That’s just peculiar for someone living in the 21st century.
Madonna – Thunder
Should we recommend that Madonna find a thunder buddy? It’s almost laughable that the greatest pop diva ever, has a fear of thunder. I thought only little kids were scared of such things but I have been proven wrong.
Keanu Reeves – Darkness
Who hasn’t or still is afraid of the dark? It’s a fear as old as time itself. However, when Hollywood star, Keanu Reeves is still petrified, it’s slightly odd but totally understandable. Reeves has had his fair share of tragedy, the death of his girlfriend, the loss of a child, the brutal murder of his sister – all of these are reason enough to have fears. His fear of darkness can be explained through philosophical means, that it’s perhaps a fear of death. Whatever the reason, we still love you, Keanu, I’m sure there are others out there with the same fears.
David Beckham – Disorder
Handsome, insanely good soccer player, devoted father and great husband to ‘Spice Girl’, Victoria Beckman – David is terrified of things being out of order, he has a strong case of OCD. In order to help calm himself down, it’s said that he will line up everything that he owns and his home is numbered and is even in a straight line. That’s okay, Daivd, we still love you and your phobia.
Britney Spears – Reptiles
Spears is a pop legend who is also terrified of reptiles. However, when I think of Spears, I distinctly remember her music video where she is holding a snake around her shoulders. Maybe it was a stunt double? Who knows, what we do know, it’s a totally rational fear.
Kelly Osbourne – Being Touched
Kelly’s greatest fear is being touched, she cannot stand the feeling of anyone touching her. This seems almost a hard one to grasp when her family name is Osbourne, you’re bound to have some odd quirks.
Kyra Sedgwick – Talking Food
I love food, I love to eat, and movies that have talking food are hysterical but when I found out that Kyra Sedgwick is absolutely terrified of talking food, I almost choked on my bagel. According to her husband, Kevin Bacon, her fear is so bad that she cannot stay in a room where a TV commercial is talking food. This sounds completely insane. How does she handle movies such as, Veggie Tales?
Christina Ricci – Plants
Ricci’s character from The Addams Family is legendary but so is her weird fear of plants. Ricci says she does not keep any plants in the house what-so-ever because they are not clean. I also don’t have any plants, but not because I’m scared, it’s that I don’t take good care of them!
Alfred Hitchcock – Eggs
Alfred Hitchhock is an absolute legend, he’s one of the greatest directors even seen and he’s also terrified of eggs. Go figure, right? That the great director would be so terrified of a delicious egg. He even described that the piercing of a soft boiled egg is equivalent to complete and utter terror.
Billy Bob Thornton – Antique Furniture
Angelina Jolie’s ex and bad boy, Billy Bob Thornton is anything, if not, odd. Which makes his phobia just as eccentric as he is – antique furniture. I wish we were making this up but we’re not. Thornton’s explanation for his fear, that perhaps in a past life of his, he was beaten to death with antique furniture. We really don’t get it either.
Kendall Jenner – Textures
Turns out that Kendall Jenner has a phobia of fabrics with unusual textures and patterns., so the fact that she’s a model probably doesn’t do well for her fears. She spoke of her fear to fans on her app, Kendall said: “Anyone who knows me knows that I have really bad trypophobia. Trypophobics are afraid of tiny little holes that are in weird patterns. Things that could set me off are pancakes, honeycomb or lotus heads (the worst!). It sounds ridiculous but so many people actually have it! I can’t even look at little holes—it gives me the worst anxiety. Who knows what’s in there???”
Alex Pettyfer – Lifts
This actor apparently has a fear of lifts! To the point where he will take the stairs, even if it’s a 30 story building and he needs to get to floor 30. Now that’s brave!
Daniel Radcliffe – Clowns
Just like Johnny Depp, good ol’ Harry Potter is scared of clowns. We get it, the wigs, the makeup, the red nose, it is terrifying.
Diddy – Clowns
Yup, Diddy is also terrified of clowns. Most people do have negative associations when it comes to clowns in general so it isn’t too surprising to have three celebs on this list with the same fear.
Katie Holmes – Raccoons
Our girl Katie Holmes is in fact terrified of raccoons! She believes that they have a more sinister side to them, unlike most people, who think they’re super cute.
Kylie Minogue – Clothes hangers
The Australian singer, songwriter, dancer and actress is in fact terrified (terrified!) of clothes hangers. She hates the sound they make when they clink on a clothing rail. Interesting.
Rita Ora – Toilets
This pop star is scared of toilets (we managed to say and write this with a straight face). “I always feel that when I go to the toilet that something’s going to come out of the bottom,” she said to one British tabloid. “I have this thing where I think this tunnel must start from somewhere and sometimes I think, ‘What if something comes out of the toilet?’ “That’s been one of my fears. I always make sure I put the light on when I go.”
Uma Thurman – Small Spaces
Uma Thurman has long been gracing the big screen with strong, kick a** female leads and her fear is small spaces. She is incredibly claustrophobic and it’s really not a laughing matter, this phobia affects many people all over and we applaud her for making it public.
Alexa Chung – Olives
Alexa Chung is a British fashion model, TV presenter, and contributing editor at British Vogue so her fear of olives is a tad odd but hey, who are we to judge? Apparently something happened with whiskey and olives, she’s been terrified since. “I think something happened with the two and they turned to poison,” she remarked to The Times. “I didn’t stop puking. Disgusting. Olives stuck in my nose.” She then added, “I’ll never be able to look one in the face again.”
Rihanna – Fish
Yup, this iconic pop star is scared of fish or ichtyophobia. “I’m super-scared of sea creatures. Even tiny fish. One time I was in the water – and the water in Barbados is so clear you can see your feet – I saw all these tiny fish swimming around my feet, and I had a panic attack. I just froze. This man had to lift me out of the water.”
Taylor Swift – Sea Urchins
The Goddess that is T. Swift is afraid of sea urchins and in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, she elaborated as to why. “It has barbs, and it goes into whatever it touches, and then you have to go the emergency room, and it has to be surgically removed. You could lose your foot. You could lose your hand. You could lose your hand trying to get it off of your foot! I don’t like sea urchins.”
Justin Timberlake – Spiders
Arachnaphobia, a fear of spiders, is actually one of the most common fears that people have all over the world. And in an interview, Timberlake said, “I’m really, really scared of spiders. I just hate them. I was staying at a posh hotel and I had to call reception because I spotted one in my room. I was too scared to get rid of it myself.” We’ve all been there.
Scarlett Johansson – Birds
Scarlett Johansson admitted to a magazine that she is actually scared to death of birds, especially when she filmed We Bought a Zoo. “Something about wings and beaks and the flapping,” she said. “I’m terrified of them. That still hasn’t gone away…I was terrified of the peacocks on set. Like, ‘Ahh, don’t get too close.’ They’re like, mean.”
Andy Roddick – Bunnies
This tennis legend has a phobia of bunnies, believe it or not. Deadspin reported that Roddick panicked during an Easter brunch when he saw workers in bunny costumes that were walking around handing candy to kids.