Ryan Reynolds may seem like one of the most confident people in the world, but the opposite is true. He's opening up about how he has been dealing with intense anxiety since he was a child. "I've had anxiety my whole life really. And you know, I feel like I have two parts of my personality, that one takes over when that happens," he shares, revealing that the outgoing Ryan people see on screen is a last-second shift from who he really is.
He said, "When I would go out on, like, Letterman, back in the day, I was nervous. But I remember I'd be standing backstage before the curtain would open, and I would think to myself, 'I'm gonna die. I'm literally gonna die here. The curtain's gonna open and I'm just gonna be, I'm just gonna be a symphony of vomit,' just, like, something horrible's gonna happen!"
Ryan continued that it all changes once that curtain opened up or once he's at work, saying "it's like this little guy takes over. And he's like, 'I got this. You're cool.' I feel, like, my heart rate drop, and my breathing calm, and I just sort of go out and I'm this different person. And I leave that interview going, 'God, I'd love to be that guy!'"