Jonah Hill is done making media appearances after decades of quiet battle with anxiety attacks.
“I have come to the realization that I have suffered from anxiety attacks for almost 20 years, which are exacerbated by media appearances and public events,” the 38-year-old actor wrote in a statement to Deadline on Wednesday about his lack of promotion for his upcoming documentary, “Stutz.”
Hill noted that while he was “grateful” for the chance to share the film with others who are also “struggling,” he had no intention of promoting it — or any other upcoming projects.
The ‘Superbad’ star called the decision an “important step to protect herself.”
“If I made myself sicker by going out and promoting it, I wouldn’t be true to myself or to the movie,” he explained.
“With this letter and with ‘Stutz,’ I hope to make it more normal for people to talk and act about these things,” Hill continued. “So that they can take steps to feel better and so that the people in their lives can better understand their problems.”
While this is the first time the Oscar nominee has discussed his mental health in detail, he has been open about the struggle to be in the public eye in the past.
In October 2021, Hill, who made headlines for his weight gain and loss, asked fans to stop commenting on his body.
“Good or bad, I want to politely let you know that it doesn’t help and doesn’t feel right,” he wrote via Instagram at the time, adding that he knew people were “mean[t] good” with their compliments. “Much respect.”
The ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ star has since deleted his Instagram account.
While Hill’s girlfriend, Sarah Brady, has a presence on the social media platform, the 25-year-old surfer rarely gives a glimpse of their romance.
The couple has been Instagram-official since September 2021, and Hill has denied speculation about getting engaged five months later.
“The rumors are not true,” he jokingly told his followers in February. “I’m engaged. But not to my girlfriend. I’m engaged to your mother. I know this is shocking.”