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 the promotion of his films due to his mental health issues being 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, whom Hill began seeing in 2017 at the recommendation of co-star Joaquin Phoenix. In the film, Hill and his therapist discuss his mental health.

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

He said the “entire purpose” of making Stutz was to “give therapy and the tools I’ve learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining film”.

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

“I usually shudder at letters or statements like this, but I understand that I am one of the privileged few who can afford to take time off. I don’t want to 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 they can take steps to feel better and so that the people in their lives can understand their problems more clearly.”

Hill’s decision is reminiscent of that made by tennis player Naomi Osaka a year ago, when she declared she would not attend mandatory press conferences during the 2021 French Open due to journalists’ questions affecting her mental health. Osaka has since spoken about hiring a therapist for the first time and has resumed holding some press conferences.

Earlier this week, Spider-Man actor Tom Holland announced that he would be stepping away from social media because he had found it to be “harmful” to his mental health.

In a video posted on 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 spiral when I read things about me online and ultimately it’s very damaging 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 to social media for their mental health.

On Sunday, 72-year-old British actor Robert Lindsay announced his intention to spend less time on Twitter, after his son told him it was “affecting my daily life, thoughts and imagination”.

“Of course he is right and I need to detox from the stress of social media and concentrate on what I set out to do three years ago and write,” the My Family actor wrote.

  • In Australia support is available on Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 and on MensLine on 1300 789 978. In the UK the charity Mind is available on 0300 123 3393 and Childline on 01800 in the US. , Mental Health America can be reached at 800-273-8255

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