90210's AnnaLynne McCord opens up about dissociative identity disorder diagnosis

AnnaLynne McCord
AnnaLynne McCord
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AnnaLynne McCord is getting candid about her dissociative identity disorder diagnosis. The 90210 and Nip/Tuck star said: "I am absolutely uninterested in shame," in conversation with Dr Daniel Amen. "There is nothing about my journey that I invite shame into anymore. And that's how we get to the point where we can articulate the nature of these pervasive traumas and stuff, as horrible as they are."

The actor, who previously spoke to People about the trauma of being raped as a teenager, said: "I don't have anything until around 5. Then from 5 to 11, I recount incidents throughout. Then when I was 13, I have a singled-out memory that was one thing, but I don't have the sense of anything else at that time."

About her diagnosis, she continued: "All of my roles were splits, but I didn't even realise I was doing it at all until I did a project 90210."

Of filming the hit spinoff, and at the same time the 2012 horror Excision, she said: "I played a very cerebral, disturbed, strange little girl that was very close to who I feel I am on the inside. It was very exposing, very confronting, probably a bit re-traumatising without realising it."

She added: "The crazy thing about it was that I wrapped that film at 2 a.m. on a Tuesday and had to be happy, crazy Beverly Hills blonde bombshell on Wednesday at noon. I couldn't find her, she was not accessible. I was dark, I was very deep into this character Pauline, and I couldn't get [out]."  

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