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Jonah Hill Stutz documentary: talks mental health struggles, taking time off to deal with anxiety

Jonah Hill opened up about his mental health struggles in the trailer for his upcoming Netflix documentary with his therapist – after the actor revealed that he was taking time away from the spotlight to deal with his ongoing anxiety.

The Superbad alum, 38, is gearing up to release a brand new movie about his ‘friend and therapist,’ Phil Stutz, entitled Stutz, on November 14.

In the preview for it, which dropped today, the movie star – who is directing and producing the flick – got real about his insecurities, which he admitted stemmed from when he was just a child.

‘I was this wildly insecure kid,’ he explained in the trailer. ‘The work has been accepting and feeling that it’s great to be this person.’ 

Getting candid: Jonah Hill opened up about his mental health struggles in the trailer for his Netflix documentary – after revealing he was taking time away to deal with his anxiety

The Superbad alum, 38, is gearing up to release a brand new movie about his 'friend and therapist,' Phil Stutz (pictured), entitled Stutz, on November 14

The Superbad alum, 38, is gearing up to release a brand new movie about his ‘friend and therapist,’ Phil Stutz (pictured), entitled Stutz, on November 14

In the preview for it, which dropped today, the movie star - who is directing and producing the flick - got real about his insecurities, which he admitted stemmed from when he was a child

In the preview for it, which dropped today, the movie star - who is directing and producing the flick - got real about his insecurities, which he admitted stemmed from when he was a child

In the preview for it, which dropped today, the movie star – who is directing and producing the flick – got real about his insecurities, which he admitted stemmed from when he was a child

During the two-minute video, Hill credited Stutz with making his life ‘immeasurably better,’ and explained that by speaking out about his problems, he hoped to help others who may be struggling with something similar. 

‘I’m just gonna start by acknowledging how odd this endeavor is – a patient making a movie about his therapist,’ he said. 

Opening up: 'I was this wildly insecure kid,' he explained in the trailer. 'The work has been accepting and feeling that it's great to be this person'

Opening up: ‘I was this wildly insecure kid,’ he explained in the trailer. ‘The work has been accepting and feeling that it’s great to be this person’

‘But my life has gotten immeasurably better as a result of working with you. If it worked for me, maybe it will work for other people.

He added: ‘How can I make a movie where I’m talking about people being vulnerable and working on their problems, and not be vulnerable myself?’

During the trailer, Stutz shared a small piece of his expertise and wisdom with viewers.

He said: ‘The average shrink will say, don’t intrude on the patient’s process, they will come up with the answers when they’re ready. That’s not acceptable.

‘You don’t have to solve all their problems, but you have to give someone the feeling that they can change right now.’ 

Hill (seen as a child) explained that by speaking out about his problems, he hoped to help others who may be struggling with something similar

Hill (seen as a child) explained that by speaking out about his problems, he hoped to help others who may be struggling with something similar

During the two-minute video, the actor credited his therapist, Stutz, who is seen above, with making his life 'immeasurably better'

During the two-minute video, the actor credited his therapist, Stutz, who is seen above, with making his life ‘immeasurably better’

Back in August, Hill announced that he was stepping away from the spotlight after spending more than two decades dealing with anxiety attacks. He is seen in the upcoming doc

Back in August, Hill announced that he was stepping away from the spotlight after spending more than two decades dealing with anxiety attacks. He is seen in the upcoming doc

Back in August, Hill announced that he was stepping away from the spotlight after spending more than two decades dealing with anxiety attacks.

He said he would not be promoting the film, or any of his upcoming movies, in an effort to ‘protect himself,’ after realizing that public appearances were ‘exacerbating’ his mental health issues.

He said he would not be promoting the film in an effort to 'protect himself,' after realizing that public appearances were 'exacerbating' his mental health issues

 He said he would not be promoting the film in an effort to ‘protect himself,’ after realizing that public appearances were ‘exacerbating’ his mental health issues

In his statement shared with Deadline, Hill explained that his decision to take a break from showbusiness was prompted by the ‘journey of self-discovery’ that he went on while making the documentary.

‘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,’ he wrote. 

‘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 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. 

At the time, Hill (seen in August) explained that his decision to take a break from showbusiness was prompted by the 'journey of self-discovery' that he went on while making the doc

At the time, Hill (seen in August) explained that his decision to take a break from showbusiness was prompted by the ‘journey of self-discovery’ that he went on while making the doc

'Through this journey of self-discovery, I have come to understand that I have spent 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks,' Hill said. He is seen in 2010

'Through this journey of self-discovery, I have come to understand that I have spent 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks,' Hill said. He is seen in December

‘Through this journey of self-discovery, I have come to understand that I have spent 20 years experiencing anxiety attacks,’ Hill said. He is seen left in 2010 and right in December 

‘If I made myself sicker by going out there and promoting it, I wouldn’t be acting true to myself or to the film.

He ended his statement by sharing his hope that his upcoming documentary will help to 'make it normal for people to talk and act on' their mental health struggles. He is seen in 2019

He ended his statement by sharing his hope that his upcoming documentary will help to ‘make it normal for people to talk and act on’ their mental health struggles. He is seen in 2019

The Oscar-nominated actor, who has appeared in dozens of movies over the past 18 years, did not say when he plans to return to the limelight – however, he made clear to Deadline that he is not retiring from acting permanently. 

He ended his statement by sharing his hope that his upcoming documentary will help to ‘make it normal for people to talk and act on’ their mental health struggles, adding: ‘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.’

In addition to the documentary, the 38-year-old is gearing up to star in a new Netflix comedy movie called You People, which is due to premiere later this year. 

August marked the first time that Hill publicly spoke out about his struggles with anxiety, however, he has previously detailed his insecurities surrounding his body image, when he asked fans to stop commenting on his weight loss via Instagram last year. 

The star, whose weight has fluctuated dramatically over the years, wrote on the social media app: ‘I know you mean well but I kindly ask that you not comment on my body good or bad.

‘I want to politely let you know it’s not helpful and doesn’t feel good. Much respect.’

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