Jonah Hill says he will no longer promote his own films to protect his mental health | Jonah Hill


Jonah Hill has announced that he will no longer participate in promoting his films as his mental health issues are exacerbated by media appearances and public events.

The 38-year-old actor revealed his plan in an open letter published by Deadline ahead of the debut of his new documentary, Stutz, which he directed. The film is about Hill’s relationship with his therapist Phil Stutz, who Hill began seeing in 2017 at the recommendation of fellow actor Joaquin Phoenix. In the film, Hill and his therapist discuss his mental health.

“Through this journey of self-discovery within the film, I have come to the realization that I have experienced anxiety attacks for nearly 20 years, exacerbated by media appearances and public events,” Hill wrote.

He said the “whole purpose” of making Stutz was to “bring therapy and the tools I learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining movie.”

Hill said that while he was looking forward to seeing the film, “you won’t see me there promoting this film, or any of my upcoming films, as I take this important step to protect myself. If I made myself sicker by going out and promoting it, I wouldn’t be true to myself or to the movie.

“Normally I cringe at letters or statements like this, but I understand that I belong to the privileged group who can afford to take time off. I will not lose my job while working on my anxiety. With this letter and with Stutz, I hope to make it more normal for people to talk and act about this. So that they can take steps to feel better and so that the people in their lives can better understand their problems.”

Hill’s decision is reminiscent of tennis player Naomi Osaka a year ago, when she stated she would not participate in mandatory press conferences during the 2021 French Open due to questions from reporters that affected her mental health. Osaka has since first talked about hiring a therapist and has started holding some press conferences again.

Earlier this week, Spider-Man actor Tom Holland announced he would be stepping down from social media after discovering it was “harmful” to his mental health.

In a video posted to his Instagram account, which has 67 million followers, the 26-year-old said: “I find Instagram and Twitter overstimulating, overwhelming. I get caught up and I twist when I read things about me online and in the end it’s very harmful to my mental state, so I decided to take a step back and delete the app.”

Other stars including Selena Gomez, Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello and Demi Lovato have also taken themselves off social media due to their mental health.

On Sunday, 72-year-old British actor Robert Lindsay announced that he planned to spend less time on Twitter after his son told him it “affected my daily life, thoughts and fantasies”.

“He’s right, of course, and I need to detox from the stress of social media and focus on what I planned to do and write three years ago,” the My Family actor wrote.

  • In Australia, support is available from Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 and MensLine on 1300 789 978. In the UK, the charity Mind is available on 0300 123 3393 and Childline on 0800 1111. In the US, Mental Health America is available at 800-273-8255

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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