5 Celebrities Who Say They Are Their Own Worst Critic

These 5 celebrities might have achieved amazing things during their careers, but they still often criticize themselves in order to try and improve. However, many admit that they’re often too hard on themselves and they’ve become their own worst critic. While some try to balance out how hard they are on themselves by thinking about what they’ve done positively, they feel that working on the things they’ve done wrong can only improve their work greatly. Some admit that they are even “OCD” when it comes to trying to achieve perfection be it for a film role or when working on music, and they can often push themselves constantly to outdo themselves in order to be happy with how they’ve done.

Christina Aguilera


Christina is an extreme perfectionist and often criticizes herself: “I’m my own worst critic sometimes. Because I’m such an extreme perfectionist when I’m in the midst of creating what I do. So it’s a little bit of a tug of war with myself. And Jordan always is that guy that’s there to lift me out of my dark hole and let me see the glass is definitely fuller than empty.”

Emma Watson

Emma works hard and is obsessed with getting the best results so she can be hard on herself:”My parents have very strong work ethics and have instilled that in me; a love and a respect for what you do and taking pride in it. And then – and this is sort of irritating at times – I’m a bit OCD about perfectionism. I’m my own worst critic. I always want to do better. I’m always striving towards the next thing.”

Keira Knightley

Keira always points out her own faults when she’s working: “I’m my biggest critic by a mile. You give me the worst review ever and times it by about 10 – that’s where I put myself. It’s a huge fault. It’s really difficult to go back to a performance that I’d now like to do completely differently. Suddenly you think, ‘Oh, I wish I hadn’t done that and I wish she had been like this.”

Natalie Portman

Natalie is harsh on herself and knows when she’s done a bad job: “I often feel insecure and don’t believe in myself. I have a thousand doubts a day. Everyone hated my performances in Star Wars and thought I was a terrible actress. Almost every movie has a scene that stands out to me as something I messed up on. It drives you to do better, too, when everyone’s saying you’re terrible, or you feel like you’re terrible.”


Although she tries to encourage herself she often is too hard on herself too: “To a certain extent I am proud of myself for keeping hold of my integrity and taking risks and not completely conforming. On the other hand, I am my own worst enemy, my own worst critic, and I am extremely hard on myself. I have fat days, ugly days, depressed days, etc. I allow myself five minutes to rip myself apart, and then I give myself the rest of the day to put me back together.”