Daryl Hannah is an actress that was known for Blade Runner, Splash, Steel Magnolias, and Wall Street. Now, at the age of 52-years-old Hannah has made a shocking revelation, as she has announced that she’s had a life long struggle with autism.
Opening up about her autism diagnosis, Hannah, who claims she had “debilitating shyness” as a child, is finally talking about autism, and how it has affected her life.
Although Daryl Hannah claims that her autism affected her childhood, she has said that it’s now easier to manage her symptoms from autism. However, it must have been difficult being in the spotlight at one point, especially while dealing with autism.
Autism is a disorder that affects people in a way that makes social interaction and verbal communication and non-verbal communication incredibly hard, and in some cases, very restricted. Usually children are diagnosed with autism at the age of three.
Hannah opened up to People magazine and said that she had never wanted to be in the limelight:
“I’ve never been comfortable being the center of attention.” That statement alone would be hard to swallow for anyone who had once dated John Kennedy Jr. but now that Hannah is open about her diagnosis, there’s a different perspective on her struggles within the industry.
Daryl Hannah continued to open up about the daily struggles she had to endure because of her autism diagnosis:
“It’s always freaked me out. I’ve learned a couple of things that really would’ve made my life easier if I’d known them 20 years ago.”
Of course, 20 years ago Daryl Hannah was still one of the most sought out woman in Hollywood. In one instance, Hannah revealed that she hid her diagnosis from film producers and then refused to do promotional work for the film, “not because I was above it, but because I was terrified.”
Although now Daryl Hannah isn’t in the limelight or starring in lead roles, the actress has said that she is happy where she is in her life.
Hopefully Daryl Hannah’s struggles will open more eyes to autism.