From Jessica Alba to David Beckham: 5 Celebs with OCD
These 5 celebrities have varying levels of OCD, and although some are self-diagnosed, others have even been told by medical professionals that they’ve got it. From arranging everything perfectly in their hotel rooms, checking all the drawers, placing magazines in perfect symmetry and making sure everything is pristine and perfect, these 5 stars often find that they become obsessed with the small, unimportant details that end up driving them crazy until they’ve sorted it out. David Beckham has recently admitted that battling his OCD is often “tiring” while Alec Baldwin is annoyed that he wastes so much time arranging things neatly when he needs to be other places for work.
Alec says he often has to rearrange everything which can effect him if he needs to be somewhere: “I have self-diagnosed OCD. I think if you have OCD, it’s one thing if you are compulsive about things but there’s no real cost to you. Like, if you’re home on some leisurely evening and you sit there and want all the borders of everything to match neatly, the books, and you kind of go, ‘This cup should really go here.’But (you have a problem) if there’s a limo waiting for you downstairs and you have to get to JFK (airport) in the next 45 minutes and you feel like these flowers should go this way. And the doorman in my building is downstairs going, ‘The car is here!’ When you have to be somewhere there’s like some (problem). The thing is, you always feel the need to do it, mostly when there’s something at stake. Like, I will literally be leaving my apartment in New York and I’ve got to go to the airport. The worst possible time is when the bell rings loudest. A voice will say to me, ‘Move the snowglobe to the right three inches.’”
Jessica believes many actors have OCD because they force themselves to excel on camera and in all aspects of their lives: “So sure, I can be a little obsessive compulsive about things, but that just means that when I do things, I do them proficiently and I do them to the best of my ability. I think a lot of actors have OCD. I think it’s part of being creative, whether your outlet is acting or science or maths. Whatever it is it takes some sort of drive to get anywhere.”
Emily does superstitious things compulsively: “It’s very weird. It’s only happened in the past year. I’ve started getting very superstitious and fixating on things. I used to do it as a kid. I’d get these obsessive moments where I’d be in the car with my dad or something, and every time we went past a lamp-post I’d (click my tongue)…It’s becoming an issue. I’m in the middle of the street and my dog is peeing on a tree and I’m touching it.”
David says having OCD can be tiring: ”It’s not something I worry about. I’ve accepted it. I’m just very obsessive with certain things. Everything has to be in order. That’s the way it is. Walk into a hotel room and before I can get settled I have to unpack, everything has to be perfect; the magazines the right way, the drawers in the right way, or whatever. It is, it’s tiring. But it’s more tiring if it’s not done the right way.”
Charlize has to check every drawer when she arrives in a new place: “I suffer from a bit of Ocd. I’m a bit compulsive. I have a thing about things that are hidden, I have a hard time. Especially if I’m renting a house and I’m working on a film, I have to know what’s in all the closets. This is so pathetic… The first thing I do, I inspect every closet and drawer and then I have… to put things where I think they belong in a room so that I can get access to them. This is so bad, so pathetic, I’m single, I need to find a man!”