Belfast Telegraph

Friday 26 December 2014

Naomie Harris: Shyness is crippling

Naomie Harris
Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris says being shy is a "form of illness".

The British actress is best known for her role as Selena in zombie flick 28 Days Later and stars alongside Daniel Craig in new James Bond film, Skyfall.

Whereas the 36-year-old is now enjoying a successful career, she used to struggle with a lack of confidence as a child.

"I feel if I'd gone into any other profession, I'd have stayed that way, but acting forced me to come out of my shell," she admitted to the latest edition of UK InStyle magazine.

"In this world, you have to overcome it. Being shy is a waste of time. I really sympathise with people who are overly self-aware - it's a form of illness. It's so restricting."

Now cast as a Bond girl, Naomie has managed to overcome her issues of self-doubt.

When she has children, her newfound confidence is a trait she is keen to pass on.

"There first thing I would teach my children - should I be lucky enough to have any - is to be comfortable in your own skin and know that you're worthy of being here and taking up space," Naomie explained.

© Cover Media

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Nightlife Galleries

More

Latest Entertainment News

Latest Music News

Latest Film & TV News

Latest Eating Out News

Horoscopes

Your Horoscopes by Russell Grant

Capricorn:

It feels like friends are few and far between. If you're not getting the help you need, ask why. It may be because you have been so preoccupied with work. Skipping special occasions and failing to return phone calls causes resentment. You have to be more engaged to sustain loving bonds. Call someone you've missed. It may take a few tries, but it's worth the effort. Be forthright about why you have been out of touch. Communication is the cornerstone of every healthy relationship.More