Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence may appear to have it all, but the seemingly laid-back star is speaking out about her past struggles with anxiety.

Speaking with a French magazine called “Madame Figaro,” the “Catching Fire” actress opened up about the issues that propelled her into acting.

“My nickname was ‘Nitro, as in nitroglycerin,” she said in the translated interview (via “Us Weekly”). “I was hyperactive, curious about everything. When my mother told me about my childhood, she always told me there was like a light in me, a spark that inspired me constantly. When I entered school, the light went out.”

Lawrence referred to it as “a kind of social anxiety” that could not be helped by friends or a therapist, but when she found acting, something clicked.

“One day, I begged my parents to take me to a casting,” she adds (via “Us”). “We went to New York, and that’s where I started acting. Just on stage, my mother saw the change that was taking place in me. She saw my anxieties disappear. She found her daughter, the one who had this light and joy before school.”

The actress understood acting in a way that fulfilled her, when before she “felt worthless,” and now she stays grounded by trying to keep her life simple in the fast-paced world of Hollywood.

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