Actors and actresses especially struggle with mental health in an intense industry based not just on acting chops, but also heavily on physical appearance. With constant rejection, emotional fatigue from demanding roles and grueling work schedules, everyone in the industry is vulnerable to poor mental health. Public scrutiny doesn’t make it any easier. Low self-esteem, crippling self-doubt, breakdowns, eating disorders and depression are just a few outcomes that can result from the stress of being an actor and leading that particular lifestyle.
One of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors has grappled with depression and self-doubt: action star and former WWE champion Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Despite his successful career, Johnson never forgot his rough upbringing: "I found that, with depression, one of the most important things you could realize is that you're not alone...I wish I had someone at that time just pull me aside and say, 'Hey, it's gonna be OK. It’ll be OK,'" he said in a 2015 Oprah Winfrey Network interview. By opening up about his issues, Johnson also subverts the "tough guy" stereotype and sets an example for guys everywhere to share how they're feeling.