Who would have guessed that popular movie actress Daryl Hannah, who starred in both box-office hits as "Splash" with Tom Hanks and the critically-acclaimed "Wall Street", was actually autistic? This was revealed by the 52-year-old Hollywood star, many years after she had kept her condition from people, especially producers.
Hannah said she had been diagnosed with autism early on in her childhood and suffered from "debilitating shyness." "I've never been comfortable being the center of attention. It's always freaked me out," said the "Kill Bill" star. It got so bad that she would refuse to do promotional appearances for her movies because she was "terrified."
"I wasted so much time scared, self-conscious and insecure," she reflected on her past, struggling in silence. But the "Steel Magnolias" actress said she already "learned a couple of things that really would've made my life easier if I'd known them 20 years ago" but without dwelling on the loss thinking that "life is too short to stress the small things anymore."
For her Hollywood career despite her autism, Hannah has her mother to thank, who let her move to Los Angeles at age 17 when doctors wanted her to be institutionalized instead. She may not be as active in the big screen as before but is keeping busy with her environmental activism and has her own weekly video blog called "DHLoveLife" on sustainable solutions.