Olivia Olson claims being thrown in love in reality almost caused her to have a ‘mental breakdown’

Love Actually’s Olivia Olson has revealed her rise to fame in the Christmas classic nearly gave her a “mental breakdown”.

The 30-year-old actress, who played American schoolgirl Joanna, said having to deal with harsh comments about her weight was difficult and saw her turn to voice acting instead.

‘I thank my parents for being such a support system, because it’s kind of a miracle I didn’t have a mental breakdown,’ she told The Sun.

Tough: Love Actually’s Olivia Olson reveals being cast in Christmas classic almost gave her a ‘mental breakdown’

Olivia explained, “The audition process is a constant rejection and at this age, where the casting directors are literally saying to your face, when you’re 12, ‘Oh, we’d like you to just drop 10 pounds,’ it’s like, ‘What? ? ‘

She also revealed feeling “outcast” when returning to school after filming Love Actually, saying she was picked on by a classmate for being “popular”.

She added, “I had friends, but I didn’t always feel like I belonged there, I felt like an outcast.”

She went on to reveal that this was the reason she got into voice acting, as she felt physical appearance did not matter.

The challenge: The actress, 30, who played American schoolgirl Joanna, said receiving harsh comments about her weight was a challenge and turned her to voice acting instead.

The challenge: The actress, 30, who played American schoolgirl Joanna, said receiving harsh comments about her weight was a challenge and turned her to voice acting instead.

Since its release in 2003, Love Actually, which follows the intertwining stories of various characters in the run-up to Christmas Day, has become a bona fide celebratory classic.

The star-studded ensemble also includes Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Bill Nighy, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brody-Sangster, Rowan Atkinson, and more.

20 years after their sweetheart’s pre-pubescent romance stole the show in the hit romantic comedy Love Actually, Thomas and Olivia look back on their experience.

Thomas, 32, and Olivia made their feature film debut in the movie as love interest Sam and his American crush, Joanna.

They both spoke with Diane Sawyer for The Laughter & Secrets of Love Actually: 20 Years Later – A Diane Sawyer Special, which airs Tuesday night on ABC, which reflects on their first major roles.

Looking back: 20 years after their sweetheart pre-pubescent romance stole the show in the hit romantic comedy Love Actually, Thomas Brody-Sangster and Olivia Olson reminisce about their experience.

Looking back: 20 years after their sweetheart pre-pubescent romance stole the show in the hit romantic comedy Love Actually, Thomas Brody-Sangster and Olivia Olson reminisce about their experience.

Brodie-Sangster told Sawyer that he “couldn’t even believe it had been 20 years” since the film came out.

I watched it for the first time last Christmas since its premiere. And I forgot how good it was, Brody-Sangster admitted.

His character, Sam sees aging rock star Billy Mac (Bill Nighy) as a drummer, and thinks that if he can become a drummer, he can really win over Olivia.

Debuts: Brody-Sangster, 32, and Olson, 30, made their film debut in 2003 as lovable Sam and his American crush Joanna

Debuts: Brody-Sangster, 32, and Olson, 30, made their film debut in 2003 as lovable Sam and his American crush Joanna

He is guided in his search for love by his stepfather Daniel (Liam Neeson), whose wife Joanna has recently died, as Brody-Sangster reflects on his relationship with Neeson.

– I mean, Liam was amazing. He treats me like his son. He totally loved me. Brodie-Sangster says: I just created this environment in which I was very comfortable.

At the time, I thought, you know, I’m pretty much an adult, and I’ve been doing this for a few years. I kind of knew what I was doing. So, I was very serious about it. But no, looking back, I forgot how young and fresh I was.

His favorite memory of that scene, he added, was getting pizza for lunch at a nearby convenience store, but the interview was cut short in the strangest way: the threat of arrest.

During their conversation, a crew member approaches and tells them that they have to leave because they “don’t have the proper clearance and they’re going to arrest us.”

Brody-Sangster called the interruption “surprising” while Sawyer responded with a joke.

‘Oh hmm? Now we’re running, said Sawyer, laughing.

Sawyer also met up with Olson, who reprized her iconic rendition of All I Want For Christmas Is You, with Sawyer revealing that she is still a musician living in California.

“I mean, when I look back, I feel really proud that I was a part of something so huge,” Olson said.

Sawyer is also caught with Olivia, who reprises her iconic rendition of All I Want For Christmas Is You, with Sawyer revealing that she is still a musician living in California.

Sawyer is also caught with Olivia, who reprises her iconic rendition of All I Want For Christmas Is You, with Sawyer revealing that she is still a musician living in California.

Every birthday, I get calls and texts. “Hey, look what I’m watching.” I think it grew a lot and this became, like, a nostalgic piece of our vacation.”

She also revealed that she kept the original script for Love Actually which was signed by the entire cast.

“I’m so glad I stuck with this for so long,” Olivia said, as Sawyer said it reminded her of a high school yearbook.

Script: She also revealed that she kept the original script for Love which was already signed by the entire cast

Script: She also revealed that she kept the original script for Love which was already signed by the entire cast

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