The 1 Crazy Fear That Matt Damon, Jessie J, and Other Celebrities Have in Common

Celebrities might live extraordinary lives and get to enjoy some incredible privileges but in many ways, stars are just regular people.

This is especially true when it comes to phobias, which are heightened fears of a specific situation or object. In fact, there is a certain group of celebrities who are admittedly terrified of one particular thing, a phobia that also affects thousands of people all over the world.

Read on to learn what crazy fear many celebrities such as Jessie J and Tobey Maguire suffer from and when some of these stars have had to face their fear head-on.

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Matt Damon’s traumatic fear

Matt Damon is one of the biggest superstars in the world, but even he isn’t immune to phobias. In fact, he has admitted to being terrified of heights. The actor revealed that during the filming of his hit movie Syriana, the crew had arranged a romantic evening out for him and his wife Luciana.

The highlight of the evening was to be watching the sunset from the rooftop of a fabulous Dubai hotel. However, as Damon and his wife ascended to the top of the 60-odd level hotel to get a better look at the sunset, Damon found his fear of heights creeping up on him and said that his “legs locked up.”

Damon also stated that his wife found the whole situation “hysterical.” Clearly, the actor was able to overcome his fear in order to have a great evening out, but he probably won’t be seeking out that hotel rooftop anytime soon.

What is Jessie J afraid of?

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Jessie J has had a banner year and recently embarked on a hot new romance with Channing Tatum.

Still, it isn’t all sunshine in the English singer’s world. She has admitted to having a deathly fear of heights. Many of her stage performances involve her performing acrobatic feats and other impressive physical stunts, all while belting out popular songs — which causes a lot of panic to rise in the fan-favorite artist.

In a social media post, Jessie J revealed: “I performed on a stage really high up! I faced my fear!” It seems as though the key to confronting a phobia like a fear of heights is meeting the challenge head-on, and Jessie J doesn’t turn her back on ways to confront challenges in her life.

Tobey Maguire’s ironic phobia

As the star of Marvel’s Spider-Man films for many years, Tobey Maguire had to perform some pretty crazy stunts from some wild locations.

The actor recently admitted that those types of stunts were “horrible” because unlike Spider-Man himself, he is deathly afraid of heights. Ironically enough, Maguire went on to play Peter Parker in three films, so he must have learned to manage his fear pretty well.

There’s no word on whether or not Marvel’s other former Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield, or their current Spider-Man, Tom Holland, shares Maguire’s heights phobia.

What other celebrities are afraid of heights?

These stars aren’t the only ones who have copped to being terrified of heights. Woody Allen, Michelle Rodriguez (of Fast and the Furious fame), Shailene Woodley, and acclaimed independent film actor Ben Foster have all talked about how they try to avoid heights as much as possible.

Still, in an industry that often features death-defying stunts and incredible visual effects, it seems impossible to avoid heights all the time, so it is fortunate that many of the stars have found coping mechanisms so that their fear doesn’t detract from their work on screen.