The “21 Jump Street” actor Jonah Hill has announced he will no longer appear in the media after decades of suffering from the effects of anxiety attacks that he has quietly avoided addressing.
The actor stated on Wednesday that he did not receive sufficient publicity for his upcoming documentary “Stutz.” He wrote, “As a result, 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.”
In spite of his gratitude for the event, Hill said he does not intend to promote the film nor any upcoming projects that he may undertake in the future, even though he appreciated the opportunity to share it with others who are also struggling.
The 38-year-old actor has described the decision as one of the most important steps he has taken in protecting himself.
He explained, “If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I would not be acting true to myself or to the film.[ So] with this letter and with ‘Stutz,’ I am hoping to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff.”
Continuing, the ‘Superbad’ star stated, “So they can take steps towards feeling better and so that the people in their lives might understand their issues more clearly.”
Even though this is the first time he has publicly addressed his mental health at such a length, he has previously spoken out about the pressures of being in the spotlight and the struggles associated with it.
The actor, who has been in the headlines many times for weight changes, has also asked fans to stop commenting on his weight in October 2021.