The One Show's Alex Jones cries 'it's so hard' as she confesses childhood trait to Rebel Wilson

Alex Jones on the One Show sofa
Alex Jones empathised with Rebel Wilson on The One Show -Credit:BBC

Alex Jones is known for her chatty, confident personality that wins over celebrities nightly on BBC's The One Show. But in the latest instalment the Carmarthenshire-born presenter confessed that she used to be a bit different during an interview with Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson.

The Australian star, who is in the UK promoting her controversial autobiography Rebel Rising, told an anecdote from the book, which sees her open up about her childhood shyness. The Welsh presenter could not help but empathise and confessed that she "used to be shy" too.

Rebel, who also stars in Welsh-filmed movie The Almond and the Seahorse with Welsh filmmaker and actor Celyn Jones, told viewers her mother enrolled her in drama classes because she was "painfully shy." "I was so shy I was holding onto the car door and like a snowplough she pushes me through. It was so traumatic for someone so shy to be in a class with these extroverted teens and I weirdly started speaking in an American accent because I didn't know what else to do," said the Aussie, who added that she developed confidence "slowly but surely".

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Alex laughed along and opened up about why her reaction was so different to that of co-host Jermaine Jenas. "I used to be so shy as well," said Alex. "It's hard though isn't it?" Jermaine said: "You said 'awww' [to Rebel's story] and I was like: 'That's good parenting!"

Rebel Wilson
Rebel also confessed at the end of the show that she was a big fan of Welcome to Wrexham

The 47-year-old TV star has opened up about her shyness in the past, telling The Guardian last year: "Despite having such a sociable family I was a shy child. Mum and dad were young parents and came down hard on me because they thought that was the way to do it. Mum always says that I behaved beautifully when they would take me to someone’s else’s house but they worried they had taken it too far because I became introverted." But she too "came out of her shell" thanks to attending drama classes at aged 14 and it was after that she caught the bug for working in TV.