Oscar nominee Reese Witherspoon.
Oscar nominee Reese Witherspoon. Bang Showbiz

Reese Witherspoon used hypnosis to battle insecurities

REESE Witherspoon has revealed she was hypnotised before taking on the role of Cheryl Strayed - for which she has been nominated for an Oscar - in Wild to help her overcome her insecurities.

Witherspoon was hypnotised to overcome her insecurities.

The 38-year-old actress, who is nominated in the Best Actress category in today's Academy Awards, admitted years of being told she was too fat or short for Hollywood roles had taken their toll on her self esteem, so she turned to hypnosis for a confidence boost before taking on the gritty role.

She said: "People may think I have this dream life, but for years I worried about my looks.

"I thought I was too short or not thin enough to be a Hollywood star. I was constantly being told, 'No, not right, not tall enough, not pretty enough, not sexy enough'. I wasn't allowed to audition for roles because they saw me as too cute and girlie.

"So I decided if I was to succeed I had to face facts. I could never be the sexiest, thinnest girl in Hollywood.

"(Hypnosis) was so helpful. I get panic attacks, especially right before I start a movie.

"Half the time on set I feel like I'm hanging on by the seat of my pants and I don't know what the heck I am doing."

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