Shazam star Zachary Levi reveals he had a nervous breakdown at 37

Zachary Levi at CinemaCon 2022. (WireImage)

Shazam Star Zachary Levi has opened up about the depression he suffered at the age of 37.

The actor, who released a memoir later this month, said he battled suicidal thoughts and depression four years ago.

Speaking to Elizabeth Vargas on her Heart of the Matter podcast, Levi said: “I’ve struggled with this stuff most of my life.

“I didn’t realize I was struggling with these things until I was 37 about five years ago and had a complete nervous breakdown.”

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He also opened up about the unresolved issues he had since childhood: “If I came home and my mom was in a good mood, I might say to her, ‘Hey, I didn’t do that test so well. school,” and she was like, “Oh, don’t worry about that. There will be another test and we can work on it,” whatever it was, but if she was in a bad mood, it was the end of the world.

“I was embarrassing for the family. I mean, it was a lot of vitriol, a lot of shouting.”

Zachary Levi in

Zachary Levi in Shazam!. (Warner Bros.)

Levi added that he dealt with his issues with a combination of sex and substances: “I was running towards a lot of other things, whether it was sex, drugs, alcohol or things to distract me, to numbing me from the pain that I was running from most of my life.”

Levi said his mental health issues had become so severe that he considered ending his life: “I had very active thoughts of ending my life. It wasn’t the first time I had I had been in dark places in my life before, but I guess in those times I had people around me.”

He revealed that his friends later pushed him into therapy and he admitted himself to a treatment center for three weeks.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 26: Actor Zachary Levi speaks onstage during CinemaCon 2022 - Warner Bros.  Pictures Presentation

Zachary Levi speaks onstage during CinemaCon 2022. (Getty Images)

Levi also opened up about how the suicides of people like Anthony Bourdain and Robin Williams also affected him.

He said of Williams’ death: “It really, really, really, really shook me up because I felt like if he couldn’t do it, I don’t know how I would. I will ultimately continue to navigate this life, unless I can figure out how not to continue to fall into these places of depression and anxiety.

If you are experiencing feelings of distress and isolation, or if you are struggling to cope, The Samaritans offers support; you can talk to someone for free by telephone, confidentially, on 116 123 (UK and ROI), email [email protected] or visit the Samaritans website to find contact details for the nearest branch.

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