Olivia Colman conquered red carpet anxiety with Stella McCartney cape

Olivia Colman at the 2018 Venice Film Festival

Olivia Colman conquered her severe anxiety about red carpet events by wearing a Stella McCartney cape.

In her cover interview with U.S. Vogue magazine, the Oscar-winning actress opened up about how she suffered from debilitating nerves before going on stage or appearing at award ceremonies and film premieres.

"I get genuinely terrified: panic attack, dry mouth. The fear manifested itself as adrenaline before, but now it's just fear," the 45-year-old said. "A lot of people take on a pretend persona, but I'm crippled by it. I feel embarrassed."

However, it was while Colman was at the Venice Film Festival promoting The Favourite last year that she was able to confidently walk the red carpet while wearing an all-black tailored jumpsuit by Stella McCartney which featured a sweeping floor-length cape.

"I felt, I can do this, I can do this. I'd always used clothes as a sort of mask. I discovered that they can make you feel strong and powerful," she explained.

Despite her success, the British actress told the fashion bible that she struggled to feel comfortable with her body when she was younger.

"I look up pictures of myself as a teenager, and I think I was gorgeous. But I didn't feel that. All those little comments through those precious years can have long-lasting negative effects. You see images of a perfect person and say, 'I can never be that,'" Colman shared.

Now, she's beginning to look at herself in a different light after welcoming three children with husband Ed Sinclair.

"Over the years, pounds have gone on, and my body has changed; I've had children. If someone doesn't like me because of the size of my bum, they can f**k off. Because I'm quite a nice person to be with, actually," she fired.

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