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Rose Byrne discovered bird phobia on movie set

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Jan 25, 2013 | 6:15am EST

The actress appears in new rom-com I Give It a Year opposite Anna Faris, Minnie Driver and Simon Baker, whose character attempts to woo hers with a live bird.

Byrne admits filming with the creature was an awful experience, as she found out she suffers from ornithophobia - an irrational fear of birds.

Speaking at the movie's premiere in London on Thursday night (24Jan13), Byrne told reporters, "I was petrified. I was slightly unprepared, but I have a fear of birds, I discovered, and the scene, unfortunately, was hijacked by this fear. It was intense. It was like a weird acting exercise, where I had to focus on my objective while being completely physically overtaken. It was really weird."

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