Jonah Hill opens up on 20-year battle with anxiety amid social media break

Darcy Rafter August 19, 2022
Jonah Hill opens up on 20-year battle with anxiety amid social media break
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Jonah Hill has opened up about his mental health after two decades of privately battling anxiety attacks. As a result, Hill revealed he will no longer be doing media appearances and has even deleted his Instagram…

The hectic life of a movie star is intense, going from set to press tours and red carpets, and from interviews to parties. The acting icon recently expressed it can all get a bit much and sometimes stars just need to have a break.

Let’s take a look at the candid message Hill left with his fans as we take a look into his new documentary about mental health.

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Jonah Hill’s 20-year battle with anxiety

Hill, 38, shared his mental health struggles with the public and will no longer post online or make media appearances to promote his films. The actor shared a letter released on Deadline, discussing his near 20-year battle with anxiety attacks.

“I have come to the understanding I have spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public-facing events,” Hill wrote.

This isn’t the first time Jonah has spoken out about the negative side of social media and internet trolls. He has previously addressed years of “public mockery” he has endured from “press and interviewers” about his body. He also asked fans to stop making comments about his physique, explaining that whether they were good or bad, they didn’t “feel good” either way.

The effect those comments have had on Jonah led him to be unable to take his shirt off in a pool until he reached his “mid-30s.” Jonah admitted he didn’t feel comfortable even in front of friends and family.

The actor reposted paparazzi photos of himself, writing: “Probably would have happened sooner if my childhood insecurities weren’t exacerbated by years of public mockery about my body by press and interviewers.”

The Superbad actor also revealed things were finally getting better: “I’m 37 and finally love and accept myself.”

Hill’s new mental health documentary

Hill has finished directing and starring in a documentary he has been making on the down low. The film, entitled Stutz, follows a discussion surrounding mental health and, in particular, anxiety attacks.

It also gives an insight into Jonah’s relationship with his therapist, Phil Stutz, who he began seeing in 2017 after he was recommended by fellow actor Joaquin Phoenix.

Hill explained in his letter he wouldn’t do a media tour to promote his documentary as he wants the project to speak for itself.

“If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I wouldn’t be acting true to myself or to the film,” he explained. “With this letter and with Stutz, I’m hoping to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff.”

Jonah added he would “usually cringe at letters or statements like this but I understand I am of the privileged few who can afford to take time off.”

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Jonah deletes Instagram account

The actor has even deleted his Instagram account to take a break from the social media world. On his Instagram Jonah often shared snaps of his family, including sister and fellow actor Beanie Feldstein, and girlfriend Sarah Brady.

Jonah isn’t the only Hollywood star taking a step back from social media. Earlier this week Tom Holland announced he was stepping away from online platforms as he found it “detrimental” to his mental health.

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.