Olivia Cooke had a nervous breakdown at 22
Olivia has been here for a minute now – you may have seen her in the TV series Bates Motelor in Steven Spielberg’s science fiction odyssey Loan player one.
Along with her growing career, Olivia has been open about her mental health, particularly the struggles she faces on set.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, Olivia shared that she had a “complete mental breakdown” when she was 22 (she’s currently 28).
She explained that her mental health issues happened during filming Loan player one and black comedy Purebred alongside Anya Taylor-Joy.
“It was bad, bad. Horrible, actually,” she recalled, while explaining that working through what she was going through wasn’t really helping matters.
“I was working the whole thing through,” she said, with the publication describing her as explaining herself “with a sad laugh.” “I was very good at hiding it,” she continued. “If anything, I was like, let me escape.”
It looks like Olivia is doing much better now, and in the interview she also cites her ability to speak up when something is wrong on set.
“I was always pretty protective of myself and knew my limits, and knew if someone was laughing at me,” she said. “And no one else will tell, usually. … If it happens more than twice, then I speak.
Olivia’s story reminds us that it is always important to take care of yourself and your mental health, no matter what. You are your number one priority, and it’s okay to take care of yourself when you can.
Read the full interview here.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness’s hotline is 1-888-950-6264 (NAMI) and provides information and referral services; GoodTherapy.org is an association of mental health professionals from over 25 countries who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy.