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Acting: The Antidote to (Almost) Anything

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Guest blogger Michelle Fiordaliso: The three stars of "Gulliver's Travels" (opening Dec. 25) have one thing in common: Acting not only led to their career success, it also helped them overcome what ailed them. Here, Jack Black, Emily Blunt and Jason Segal share how acting was the cure for three very different childhood problems.

Gulliver's Travel
Acting Cured Jack Black's Attention-Seeking Behavior
"I was a class clown," says Black. "I think it's good for the clowns to get into the performing arts young. I did. I just remember going to a summer camp in Idlewild and doing 'The Wizard of Oz.' I think I was, like, 9 or 10. I had a great time. Acting is real helpful for attention-seeking clowns."

Acting Cured Emily Blunt's Stutter

"Until I was about 14 [I stuttered] quite badly," says Blunt. "The thing that helped me was acting. There are so many actors I know who stutter. However, they never do [it] on stage. And I never stutter when I'm acting. I would encourage parents to put their kids in drama classes even if they're super shy and embarrassed. You often find that you don't stutter when you're acting. Psychologically, [acting] really helps you get over a stutter."

Acting Cured Jason Segal's Extreme Shyness
 "I was the only Jewish kid at an all-Christian school," says Segal. "And I was also 6'4" since I was 12. The kids didn't really like me that much. I was very shy. Very, very, very shy. My parents sent me to the local community theater to take acting class, just to help get me out of my shell. They didn't send me [there] to become an actor; they figured I would make some friends. So I went there and I really got into it. And I really liked having friends."

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