Jonah Hill Will No Longer Make Media Appearances, Cites Mental Health
Jonah Hill won’t be promoting his upcoming documentary Stutz, or any other projects he’s a part of in the foreseeable future, citing mental health issues.
Per Deadline, Hill, 38, wrote in an open letter about debuting the documentary that he directed, “I have finished directing my second film, a documentary about me and my therapist which explores mental health in general called Stutz. The whole purpose of making this film is to give therapy and the tools I’ve learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining film.”
Hill adds, “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.”
He continued, “I am so grateful that the film will make its world premiere at a prestigious film festival this fall, and I can’t wait to share it with audiences around the world in the hope that it will help those struggling. However, you won’t see me out there promoting this film, or any of my upcoming films, while I take this important step to protect myself. If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I wouldn’t be acting true to myself or to the film.”
The Superbad star added that he usually cringes at letters or statements like this, but understands that he is one of the “privileged few who can afford to take time off.”
“I won’t lose my job while working on my anxiety,” Hill wrote. “With this letter and with Stutz, I’m hoping to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff. So they can take steps towards feeling better and so that the people in their lives might understand their issues more clearly. I hope the work will speak for itself and I’m grateful to my collaborators, my business partners and to all reading this for your understanding and support.”