Jonah Hill Steps Back From The Public Eye To 'Protect' His Mental Health

By Rebekah Gonzalez

August 18, 2022

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While announcing his latest film, Jonah Hill revealed that he will no longer make media appearances or attend public-facing events. The actor shared his decision with fans as he revealed his new directorial effort called Stutz, which is a documentary that explores Hill's mental health issues featuring his personal therapist.

"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,” Hill said in the statement, confirmed to IndieWire.

Hill then clarified that while he is not retiring from filmmaking, he will no longer promote his upcoming projects, including Stutz and the forthcoming Netflix comedy You People, which he co-wrote with director Kenya Barris. Hill's full statement shared with IndieWire reads as follows:

"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.
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.
I am so grateful that the film will make its world premiere at a prestigious film festival this fall, and I can’t wait to share it with audiences around the world in the hope that it will help those struggling. However, 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. If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I wouldn’t be acting true to myself or to the film.
I usually cringe at letters or statements like this but I understand that I am of the privileged few who can afford to take time off. I won’t lose my job while working on my anxiety. 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.
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.”
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