She may be the best-selling female artist in country music history, but Shania Twain still gets pretty nervous around other famous people.
The 53-year-old recently sat down with Savannah Guthrie on Today and took part in a rapid-fire segment titled “Six-Minute Marathon.” During the chat, the “That Don’t Impress Me Much” singer revealed some fun facts about herself, and some tidbits, including how she somehow still gets starstruck. “I’m not very good with stars,” Shania admits. “I get really uncomfortable, I don’t know what to say. I am very shy actually. I just feel like I’m invading their space by being with them.”
The Real Country executive producer even revealed how stunned she was when she came across one of the biggest pop stars in the world. “I was awkward with Madonna when I first met Madonna,” she reveals, although she gets why us normal folks get starstruck too. “I understand why it happens,” Shania says. “I’m sympathetic and empathetic about how they’re feeling in that moment because I do the same thing.”
And the famous singer already knows how she will act if she ever meets a certain Oscar nominated actor. “I’ve never met Brad Pitt, but I know I’m going to be awkward,” she says. Now that we now Shania’s behavior is just like ours around celebrities, it seems that just adds more proof that she is a lot like the average person. In fact, she once revealed she is still terrified of performing in front of a crowd.
“I suffer a lot from stage fright,” Shania once confessed on Live With Kelly and Ryan. “And the only way to manage it is to be able to be prepared.” She went on to explain that she usually spends the whole day preparing for a two-hour show because of her anxiety. “Everything I eat, everything I drink, I’m very methodical about the course of the day and then I’m OK,” she said. “It’s like preparing for an exam. Every show is like an exam. I gotta get out there and do my best.”
Although, the “You’re Still the One” hitmaker revealed that it’s the few minutes before a performance that really shake her up. “I can hear the people, I can hear the fans from backstage and to be honest the anxiety starts morphing into excitement and adrenaline,” she shared. “Once I’m out there I’m really fine.”