Jonah Hill takes a break from promoting film due to mental health concerns

The actor will not be taking part in promotional events for any of his movie projects to protect his mental well-being.


The movie industry is a stressful environment to be in. The rigors of shooting as well as the time spent on the road to promote films can take a toll on one’s mental health. Not to mention, the constant barrage of questions from possibly malicious individuals and daily criticism from millions of people around the world on a daily basis. It's a lot to take in and it appears that one Hollywood actor can be added to the growing list of celebrities that have had enough.

The 21 Jump Street actor will not be doing interviews to promote his new movies.

Jonah Hill, 38, is the latest Hollywood celebrity to come out and address his mental health struggles. The Superbad actor confirmed that he's taking a break from promoting his latest film, and from Hollywood in general. The two-time Academy Award nominee just released a statement saying that he will not go on tour and promote his new film Stutz.

In his statement, Hill shares that he has suffered from anxiety attacks for the past 20 years, which have been "exacerbated by media appearances and public facing events".

Stutz

Stutz is a documentary film starring Jonah Hill. It also marks Hill's second time directing a film.

The synopsis from IMDB reads:

Follow Hill and his therapist as he has candid discussions of mental health and the progressively worsening anxiety attacks related to movie promotion that have turned his dream job into a nightmare.

The film was shot in secret and captures earnest discussions about mental health in general and how it relates to Hill’s career as an actor, producer, and director. Through the film, he shares the darker side of the movie business and the extent of his struggles with mental illness.

Mental health

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Jonah Hill pens an open letter detailing his struggles with anxiety and panic attacks.

In his statement, Hill describes his excitement about the film but also shares that he will not be doing any promotional work for the film. According to the actor “you won’t see me out there promoting this film, or any of my upcoming films, while I take this important step to protect myself.”

With his mental health struggles, the actor explains that interviews give him panic attacks and he “wouldn’t be acting true to myself or to the film.” The actor also shared that he is one of the privileged few who can take time off to deal with mental health issues.

The actor hopes others would follow suit and start talking about mental health.

With this letter and with "Stutz", I’m hoping to make it more normal for people to talk and act on this stuff. So they can take steps towards feeling better and so that the people in their lives might understand their issues more clearly.

Hill will also not be taking part in promoting “You People”, a Netflix film that he co-writes with director Kenya Barris. The actor is also set to star in the movie alongside Eddie Murphy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, David Duchovny, and Rhea Perlman.

Stutz will premiere at a prestigious film festival later this year. Hill hopes the work will “speak for itself” and help others who are also struggling with mental illness.

Other celebrities

The actor is not the only A-list celebrity openly talking about having mental health problems.

Hill is not the only A-list celebrity to open up about mental health issues this week. Actor Tom Holland recently released a video message addressing his absence from social media and struggles with anxiety.

Many other celebrities from musicians Adele, Demi Lovato, and Lady Gaga to director J.K. Rowling have revealed their personal struggles with mental health.

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