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“New York City: If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.” That may be true, but it doesn’t mean one is immune to stage fright.

Anglophenia’s Sharon Carpenter caught up with a mix of actors, screen and stage, inquiring about that not so great feeling that can sneak up at the most inopportune time. Oh, you know, like during a live performance.

John Lithgow (Beatriz at Dinner, The Crown) was on hand for a chat and he revealed he got a case of the nerves just earlier this month, saying, “I performed at a NY public theater gala on Monday night in Central Park. I was terrrrified!”

And, it’s not just Lithgow. Broadway star Andy Karl, fashion designer Malan Breton and Star WarsMark Hamill all talk about one time or another that they got a tinge of a freeze-up:

Stage actress Rachel Potter (Evita) points out in the above, at least the Broadway show isn’t caught on film, for the most part, and she has “seven more chances, in the week, to do it right.”

It seems like there’s a running theme, though: once the performance gets going, those terrifying feelings of fear slip away.

Tell us: Do you get stage fright? 

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By Brigid Brown