Jonah Hill isn’t hiding his struggle with mental health. In fact, he’s trying to shed some light on the topic that isn’t always discussed openly.
Hill’s new documentary, “Stutz” is set to be released on Netflix on November 14. In the film, he not only tackles the topic of mental health but also how therapy has helped him throughout his journey. The film gives an inside look at the actor’s therapy sessions with his therapist and longtime friend Phil Stutz.
Jonah Hill Has Been Open About His Struggle With Anxiety
The 38-year-old actor has been open and honest about his recent struggle with anxiety and hopes the documentary can help others with anxiety. “I’m just gonna acknowledge how odd this endeavor is – a patient making a movie about his therapist. But my life has gotten immeasurably better as a result of working with you,” Hill said in the trailer. “If it worked for me, maybe it will work for other people.”
In the documentary, Hill allows his vulnerability to shine through in the hopes that it can help others open up as welll. “How can I make a movie where I’m talking about people being vulnerable and working on their problems and not be vulnerable myself?” Hill asks, and Stutz responds, “You can’t move forward without being vulnerable. Vulnerability connects you to the rest of the world. You’re giving out the signal to the world I need you because I can’t do this by myself.”
Hill also explains that he was a “wildly insecure kid.” “The work has been accepting and feeling that it’s great to be this person. You are still in the struggle and in the fight of being a human just like everybody else.” Stutz replies, “Take action no matter how frightened you are. If you can teach somebody that, they can change their whole life.”
Jonah Hill Announced That He Was Not Going To Be Doing Any Public Events
The “Superbad” actor deleted his Instagram account in August amid his anxiety struggles. He also issued an open statement to Deadline about his plans to take a step back from media appearances and public events due to his anxiety and mental health struggles.
“I have finished directing my second film, a documentary about me and my therapist which explores mental health in general called ‘Stutz.’ The whole purpose of making this film is to give therapy and the tools I’ve learned in therapy to a wide audience for private use through an entertaining film,” he wrote. “Through this journey of self-discovery within the film, I have come to the understanding that I have spent nearly 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public-facing events. If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I wouldn’t be acting true to myself or to the film.”
His letter went on to explain that he’s trying to normalize people speaking up about their mental health struggles with the film. “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,” he wrote. “I hope the work will speak for itself and I’m grateful to my collaborators, my business partners, and to all reading this for your understanding and support.”