Anne Heche’s one-time costar Emily Bergl took to Instagram on Saturday with an extensive post supporting the late actress and her mental health battles, which received praise from Heche’s ex James Tupper.
Bergl, 47, who had starred with Heche and Tupper on the ABC show Men In Trees from 2006-2008, explained how people often had misconceptions about Heche, who was pronounced dead Friday at age 53, a week after being hit by a car. accident in Mar Vista, California, where she suffered serious injuries, including burns and head trauma.
Tupper, 57, left a comment in response to the post that read, “Oh god, thanks for writing this. It is all completely correct and true. love you e.’
The latest: Anne Heche’s Men In Trees colleague Emily Bergl, 47, took to Instagram on Saturday with an extensive post supporting the late actress and her mental health battles, which received praise from Heche’s ex James Tupper, 57
In her post, Bergl wrote, she was often asked by people, “Have you worked with the crazy Anne Heche?” and ‘So how crazy was she?’ noting that Heche ‘aroused more curiosity than any other famous person’ [she’d] ever worked with.’
Bergl said Heche was “not only a genius, but also one of the most amazingly focused and prepared actors” [she’d] ever worked with.
“Anne I don’t think I’ve ever seen her miss her mark. I can imagine she called her line once or twice, but I don’t remember her ever needing it. I asked her what her secret was, and she told me her first job was playing twins in Another World, so she had to memorize up to seventy pages of dialogue a day.”
Bergl, who has appeared in shows like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Shameless, and Dirty John, said “the only joke” she made about Heche was “that it’s likely she wasn’t psychosis, but really an alien, because her strength seemed superhuman.”
Bergl took to Instagram on Saturday with an extensive post in which he defended Heche and her talents as an artist
Tupper left a comment in response to the post that read, “Oh god, thanks for writing this. It is all completely correct and true. love you
Bergl continued: ‘She worked twelve hours, invited everyone to the bar, drank a few doubles, and was back at work by four in the morning. Barely feeling human, she walked into the van, always on time, her smiling face beaming without a lick of makeup.”
Bergl praised Heche for her work which was “flawless” that “always remained spontaneous” on a daily basis, and described her as “indifferent, cheerful”. [and] insightful.’
Bergl said Heche “beat everyone” by calling her 2001 memoir Call Me Crazy, because “she talked about mental health before it was acceptable to talk about those struggles.”
Bergl noted the multiple traumas Heche suffered during her upbringing and life, as she said, “She was raped by her father, her brother committed suicide, and her mother told her she would burn in hell because she loved a woman.”
“But despite a sometimes harrowing life, she was so much fun to hang out with.”
Bergl said people “rarely explore the abuse, the gaslighting, the misogyny, the homophobia that push people to finally take on the ‘crazy’ cloak that has been put on them.”
Ellen DeGeneres, 64, who had a romantic relationship with the actress from 1997 to 2000, responded to Heche’s death on social media
She ended the post in writing that Heche was “a real genius, and I miss her.”
Heche and Tupper moved in together in 2007 and welcomed their son Atlas in March 2009, prior to parting ways in 2018.
Several of Heche’s former partners took to social media after her death.
Ellen DeGeneres, 64, who had a romantic relationship with the actress from 1997 to 2000, said on social media: “This is a sad day. I send Anne’s children, family and friends all my love.’
Thomas Jane, 53, who was linked to Heche in 2019-2020, said: ‘Rest in peace, lovely friend @anneheche. May 25, 1969 – August 12, 2022. Comments to follow. Please keep her two sons, family and loved ones in mind, in your heart…and in peace. With love.’