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Amanda Seyfried Is "Never Sober" on Talk Shows

The Les Miserables star shares about OCD, anxiety, and her dependence on "liquid courage."

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By Valerie Tejeda

12/13/12

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Stars, they're just like us! Les Miserables actress Amanda Seyfried has recently opened up about her struggles with OCD, anxiety and stage fright, which she sometimes medicates with booze. During her appearance on The Late Show this week, she told host David Letterman that she’s never done a television show “after noon without some sort of liquid courage." In fact, “I’m pretty drunk,” she admitted, before sharing a glass of whiskey (her drink of choice) with Letterman. In the January 2013 issue of InStyle, the 27-year-old actress confirms: "I've never been fully sober when I've gone on shows." She also talks about living with panic disorder and OCD, which she manages with the help of the anti-depressant Lexapro. "I have to do lots of things at the same time. It's an obsessive-compulsive thing,” she says. “So when I'm on the elliptical machine, which I do almost every day, I have to be knitting, playing Sudoku, and listening to something... I'm too measured and controlling—about everything. That's why I take Lexapro. It's for OCD." But the star says her OCD does not compromise her life or career—in fact, it offers some benefits. "I don't feel like I'm struggling with it. I think OCD is a part of me that protects me," she says. "It's also the part of me that I use in my job, in a positive way. The only thing I'd like to get beyond is my fear of driving over bridges and through tunnels. I can't overcome it."

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