The `Sleepy Hollow` star - who battled eating disorder anorexia after she was catapulted to fame - couldn`t stand seeing herself in a mirror because she had such low self-esteem about her looks and figure.
Ricci - who shot to fame when she was just 10 after starring in `Mermaids` alongside Cher, Winona Ryder and Bob Hoskins - explained: "For years, I hated myself. I covered the mirrors in my house. I literally couldn-t have a mirror in my room."
Even though she has got over her body issues, Ricci, 30, still doesn`t like to see her reflection in a mirror.
She added: "I still can`t sit in a restaurant or someplace where I can catch my reflection. I get so paranoid."
One role that helped her deal with her body hang-ups was her part in 2007 film `Black Snake Moan` - in which she starred opposite Samuel L. Jackson and had to appear for most of the movie in only her underwear.
She explained: "For that, I needed to lose any self-consciousness because I feel sometimes you can see that in a nude scene."
Ricci`s latest project sees her voice a character in new animated film `Alpha And Omega`.
She can also be seen in `After.Life` with Liam Neeson and `Bel Ami` alongside Uma Thurman and Robert Pattinson later this year.