Armie Hammer sought help after realising during lockdown that he was “not okay” and needed to talk to someone.
The 34-year-old The Social Network actor shared his dealings to British GQ for a series on YouTube called GQ Heroes.
He explained, “I think like everyone else on the planet, I felt like the rug was ripped from under my feet and I felt like I could feel it happening in slow motion, like the rug was just being ripped from my feet and I was falling face-first and I was gonna smash my face on the ground. I felt like I was in a state of like, free fall almost. Like it was just, it was really difficult.”
Hammer went on to say, “I had a wake-up call one day. I had a very intense wake-up call one day and I realised that I needed more help than I realised. So, I called a friend of mind, Brendan, who works in mental health and I was like, ‘Dude, it’s not good. It’s not good for me,’ and he goes, ‘I know, it’s not good for anyone,’ and I go, ‘Yeah, but really not good for me, like I’m having a really hard time. I don’t know what the answer to this is.’ And he ended up getting me on the phone with a therapist who I started working with multiple times a week just to get me through sort of like the crisis aspect of what was going on.”
Since the process started, he now speaks to the therapist “at least” once a week, saying, “I think that this has been a very interesting time where when we stripped away everything that society said, ‘Oh, you can distract yourself with going out to dinner,’ You can distract yourself with night clubs,’ ‘You can distract yourself with pubs,’ ‘You can distract yourself with whatever,’ … When that was stripped away, we were stuck dealing with ourselves. And I think a lot of people realised that they didn’t like what themselves looked like. They didn’t like where they’d gotten to, and I was in that position as well and I decided to just take whatever steps I could to make a difference and to help myself.”
Talking about fatherhood, the actor believes that without seeking help, he “can’t be the best father” that he can be if he’s not “the best version” of himself. Armie said, “I can’t be the best friend, I can’t be the best actor, I can’t be any of that if I’m not actually good, healthy, functioning version of myself. And having the time to sit with myself in quarantine made it painfully clear that I’ve got some improvement to do and that’s the goal, that’s the journey.”
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