Many people have irrational fears. Some people are afraid of closed-in spaces, some are afraid of spiders and others are afraid of heights. In the real world, celebrities are no exception. Some of the most famous people are aquaphobic. According to the dictionary, aquaphobia is “an abnormal fear of water.” This means that they cannot swim, or just will not go into the water; including swimming pools, lakes or even (and especially) the ocean. This makes it nearly impossible for those stars to earn roles where they need to be in a scene where they are swimming or even saving a life. Or does it? Some of these celebrities even faced their fears, and learned to swim at a mature age. That just goes to show that it is never too late to learn something new.
10) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest and most influential women in history. The “Queen of All Media” started her career by hosting a small radio show where she grew up, in Tennessee. She began hosting the local news in the same city at the age of nineteen, and her career has flourished ever since. From hosting her own television show, her own magazine, helping others receive education and her book clubs, Oprah seems to have succeeded in everything there is possible when it comes to being famous. One would not think that there is anything Oprah cannot do, but there is. She is unable to swim and has always been afraid of the water. Oprah has helped millions of people throughout the world, but has never been able to take a dive into a swimming pool. Back in 2011, Oprah decided to conquer her fear and began taking swimming lessons. It is unclear whether Oprah ever learned to swim, but at one, point she was afraid to “take the plunge.”
9) Carmen Electra
Carmen Electra was one of the ‘Baywatch babes’ on the television drama, Baywatch, that ran from 1989-2001. Carmen was a lifeguard on the series, but in real life, she suffered from aquaphobia. She is scared of just about any body of water because she cannot swim. Amazing that this is true; since she was constantly filmed running around with a life preserver during every episode, with the ocean all around her.
8) Sandra Bullock
Some people are afraid of things and never do anything to fight that fear. Then there are people like Sandra Bullock, who conquer their fear by doing the exact thing that frightens them. Sandra learned to scuba dive after being afraid of the water, and is now a devoted diver. She played a role in the movie, The Proposal, where she had to be in the water for hours and ended up with hypothermia. Sandra is also afraid of flying, after being in a plane crash several years ago, but has been in movies where she needs to go on airplanes to conquer that anxiety. She also starred in the movie, Gravity, in which she had to practice inside an airplane that was made to appear like she was crashing. What a way to master your fears, Sandra!
7) Snoop Lion AKA Snoop Dogg
Snoop Lion, previously known as Snoop Dogg, has a song entitled, “I can’t Swim.” The song starts out, partially, by Snoop rapping the lyrics, “I hate water. I never learned to swim.” He probably does not mean it in the literal sense, but there is a lot of truth to those lyrics, in retrospect. He is even screaming in the song, making us think that he really cannot swim.
6) Eva Mendes
Having been in several movies; including Fast and the Furious, Glitch and Ghostrider, Eva Mendes has earned enough respect (and money) to have a beautiful house and a lavish swimming pool. The only problem with this, is that Eva has never learned how to swim. She is actually terrified of the water, never having left the shallow end of the pool. Eva bought a house with a large swimming pool in 2011, but has yet to take a dive. It appears that she has a deep desire to learn, and has been quoting saying, “I can’t swim. I don’t know how to. I’m pathetic. I should know how to swim.”
5) Will Smith
Will Smith has been in several movies throughout the years as an “action hero,” yet, the acclaimed actor cannot swim. He claims that he is not afraid of the water, because he can stand in a few inches of it, but he gets really scared when his children are in the pool and they start splashing around. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where there were a lot of swimming pools, and he had plenty of chances to learn, he just never did. Smith says he is embarrassed of that fact and has even admitted to using “floaties” when he is in the water. He avoids the ocean completely, for fear that a shark may come in contact with him.
4) Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci has been in movies since she was a little girl. She can swim, but has an abnormal phobia of sharks. She refuses to swim in the ocean (which is obvious), but believes that swimming pools are even worse. Christina reportedly told the Insider, “I won’t swim in a pool by myself because I think that somehow a little magic door is going to open up and let the shark out.”
3) Zayn Malik
Zayn Malik is one of the singers from the pop group, One Direction. Zayn never learned how to swim and is afraid of the open water, such as lakes and oceans. Zayn has reported his biggest fear as being water, and not knowing how to swim. He also hates pajamas and sandwich crusts, but hey, who doesn’t?
Rihanna is afraid of fish. Not eating it, but swimming near fish (or sea creatures) of any kind. This seems strange coming from someone who grew up in Barbados. She does not know how to swim, and no longer goes in any open water; such as the ocean or a lake, for fear of tiny fish biting at her ankles. When she was a child, Rihanna once had to have someone carry her back to shore when tiny minnows started swimming near her.
1) Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood was a very famous actress back in the 1950s and 1960s, and was known for her lead roles in the movies West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause. All of her life basically revolved around water; she met her husband while on a boat and even got married on a yacht. She had a very large swimming pool in her yard, as well, but Natalie never learned how to swim. She was terrified of the pool and never even went in it. Her husband even bought her a sixty foot boat that she would sail on, but Natalie was never happy about being so close to the water. Natalie ended up drowning one night while being on a small dinghy with her husband and another friend, actor Christopher Walken. It was ruled an accident, but the case has recently been re-opened since there were over twenty-four bruises found on her body on the night of her death in 1981. It is unknown whether her husband or Christopher had anything to do with her death, but it still remains called “an accident.”