Luckily, the world has seen an increasing concern around the topic of mental health, thanks also to the many celebrities that stepped up to talk about it publicly.
Lewes Hamilton, Demi Lovato, Leonardo Di Caprio, Lady Gaga, Adele, Daniel Radcliffe, and many others have contributed to demolishing the strong taboo, established and carried on by our society, around mental health.
The last one to join this brave group of people has been Jonah Hill, who has recently announced that he will step away from interviews and film promotions to protect his mental health.
The 38-year-old American actor, famous for his brilliant roles in The Wolf of Wall Street, Don’t Look Up, and War Dogs published a letter where he talked about his struggle with anxiety attacks.
This announcement, made via Deadline, anticipated his new documentary Stutz, a biopic that follows Hill’s relationship with his therapist Phil Stutz.
This relationship started in 2017, when Joaquin Phoenix, another actor who struggled a lot with mental health and depression, advised Jonah to start this helpful path.
Discussing the documentary, which is also directed by the actor, he says that he wants to “give therapy and the tools I’ve learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining film”.
Even if Johan discussed his upcoming film in the letter, he also confirmed that he won’t take part in any promotional events or interviews anymore.
As reported by The Guardian, Hill wrote that “through this journey of self-discovery within the film, I have come to the understanding that I have spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public facing events”.
This is not the first time we see celebrities complaining about the negative effects of public interviews, as last year tennis player Naomi Osaka refused to take part in mandatory post-match press conferences because dangerous for her mental health.
More recently, Tom Holland, better known as Spiderman, announced his willingness to give up on social media because of their negative impact on his mind and life.
The “good” consequence, of this situation is that these celebrities are encouraging more and more people to speak up about their mental health and therapy, normalizing the phenomenon.
Read Jonah Hill’s letter via Deadline here.