Daryl Hannah

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A Hollywood star who once dated John F. Kennedy Jr. certainly seems like the type of person who'd love the limelight, but this was not the case for Daryl Hannah.

In an interview with People magazine, the 52-year-actress-turned-activist opens up about her struggle with autism and the impact it's had on her Hollywood career. She tells the magazine that she was diagnosed with the condition as a child, but did not disclose it to movie producers.

"I've never been comfortable being the center of attention," she says. "It's always freaked me out."

Often, Hannah would refuse to do promotional talk show appearances ahead of her films, which she says "was not because I was above it, but because I was terrified."

"I wasted so much time scared, self-conscious and insecure," she says.

But as an adult, the Splash star says she's "learned a couple of things that really would've made my life easier if I'd known them 20 years ago."

And while her main focus these days seems to be her environmental activism, Hannah admits when it comes to acting, shes "definitely not being offered the greatest roles in the world."

But that's no reason to mope. As she puts it, "Life is too short to stress the small things anymore."

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