5 Actors Speak on Battling Depression

Depression can hit anyone at any time, and for some it can even be a lifelong battle, so they have to take life one day at a time. Even celebrities can suffer from depression and  these 5 actors have all struggled. They have spoken on their personal down period, how they got through it and how they’re coping now. Some had to seek professional help, while others were able to move passed this rough time on their own and some still have to fight off their depressed feelings to this day.

Brad Pitt


Brad admits there was a time when he felt he was wasting his life: “I was hiding out from the celebrity thing, I was smoking way too much dope. I was sitting on the couch and just turning into a doughnut, and I really got irritated with myself. I got to: ‘What’s the point? I know better than this.’ I used to deal with depression, but I don’t now, not this decade – maybe last decade. But that’s also figuring out who you are. I see it as a great education, as one of the seasons or a semester: ‘This semester I was majoring in depression.’ “I was doing the same thing every night and numbing myself to sleep, the same routine. Couldn’t wait to get home and hide out. But that feeling of unease was growing and one night I just said, ‘This is a waste.'”

Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne lost his drive: “I didn’t want to do a thing. I didn’t want to go anywhere. I was crying constantly. Eventually you reach a point where you are all cried out.”

Hugh Laurie

Hugh thinks he was awful to be around during the period he was depressed: “I was a pain to have around, I was miserable and self-absorbed. It is selfish to be depressed and not try to do anything about it.”

Jon Hamm

Jon found a way to get through his battle: “I did do therapy and antidepressants for a brief period, which helped me. Which is what therapy does: it gives you another perspective when you are so lost in your own spiral, your own bullshit. It helps. And honestly? Antidepressants help! If you can change your brain chemistry enough to think: ‘I want to get up in the morning; I don’t want to sleep until four in the afternoon. I want to get up and go do my s**t and go to work and …’ Reset the auto-meter, kickstart the engine!”

Ryan Phillippe

Ryan reveals he has struggled with depression from a young age: “Depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child. As you get older I think it decreases some, but I’m just innately kind of a sad person. I’m empathetic, and I take on the feelings of others and transpose myself into the position of others.”