Perhaps the most important and culturally pertinent issue, particularly after the past two years of Covid-19 fears, is that of positive mental health. With an open discussion having opened up to discuss such mental health issues, several stars of film and television have come out to speak of their hardships.
Alex Wolff, the lead actor in Ari Aster’s Hereditary, opened up about his experience noting, “All of it. It really affected me,” whilst more recently Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has too opened up about his “mental health difficulties” following the show’s finale.
Checking into a mental health and wellness retreat following the wrap of the final season of the fantasy HBO series in 2019, seeking treatment for “personal issues”. This week he spoke to Jess Cagle on Sirius XM where he spoke about the emotional weight of working on such a show. “I went through some mental health difficulties after Thrones, and during the end of Thrones, to be honest,” he pointed out, adding: “I think it was directly to do with the nature of the show and what I had been doing for years”.
Having taken a year-long break from the industry following the end of the show, the actor noted, “Coming back to work, and deciding what to take and what to choose, you couldn’t predict the pandemic, so just when I was wanting to come back to work, the pandemic hit,” he said. “It was like, ‘oh for God sake’.
His return came in the form of one episode in the anthology series Modern Love, where he comments, “Doing this Modern Love episode was a bit like, you don’t have to live in that intense place all the time. Why don’t you do something that takes the weight off? Why don’t you do something fun? I think that was part of my thinking on this one”.