Bryce Dallas Howard shares a heartfelt message on World Mental Health Day! Read here.
by Ana Walia | Tue, 11 Oct 2022 20:17:24 GMT
Bryce Dallas shares her thoughts on mental health. Image Source: EW

Bryce Dallas shares her thoughts on mental health.

Actress Bryce Dallas shared a lengthy post on her social media on World Mental Health Day and shared that battling depression has been the biggest challenge to her identity.

Bryce wrote that she had spent her entire life being so preoccupied with blocking negative thoughts that she had failed to embrace or appreciate that the feelings, emotions, and crises that she had felt at that time were not only not to be avoided, but were an essential part of the human experience. The actress, who co-starred in Jurassic World Dominion with Chris Pratt, stated in her post that she realized the importance of not burying her feelings when she had her first child years ago.

Bryce also mentioned that it was the last day of her first job as a new mother and that she was still suffering from postpartum depression. She was driving alone, straight into the breathtaking sunset they had been anticipating all day. She went on to say that it was an existential moment for her, and since no one could hear her, she asked aloud, "What is the purpose of all of this?"

The actress stated that the words she spoke aloud elicited a response from her that she needed to move through obstacles with grace and that struggle would lead her to the sunset. Bryce mentioned that they are here for the obstacles, not to avoid them and that she is no longer the idealist she once imagined herself to be, but rather an emotionally charged ball of excitement and awe, pragmatism and potential, with an unnerving ability to find humor and joy in whatever life throws at them.

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Finally, Bryce Dallas Howard wrote that this is where she has landed today on her journey and that tomorrow may be different, but she is sharing these musings on World Mental Health Day in case they can offer any hope of simple same-same.

The actress has previously spoken out about her struggles with postpartum depression following Theo's birth, telling People magazine that she credits her father, actor and director Ron Howard, with encouraging her to seek help. She said that therapy is amazing and that her father always told her that  she should understand why actors are paid so well so that they could have a great therapist.

Bryce had mentioned that her experience after welcoming Beatrice was very different, and she explained that she didn't get postpartum depression the second time around, and she was hell-bent on making sure she felt supported so that if she needed it, she could get help sooner. With her husband Seth Gabel, she has a son named Theodore and a daughter named Beatrice.

She recently revealed that she was under pressure to lose weight for the film 'Jurassic World Dominion,' and that she was asked not to use her natural body in cinema and the third film. It was actually due to a large number of female actors. The director, Colin Trevorrow, felt strongly about it in regards to safeguarding her because the discussion came up once more, 'we need to ask Bryce to lose weight.'

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The actress said that the director responded by saying that there are many different kinds of women on this planet, and many different kinds of women in their film, and because of that she got to do so many stunts that she wouldn't have been able to do if she had been dieting.

Bryce expressed her delight at all of the action sequences she was able to perform, and she was able to perform them with her natural body, which was at its peak strength, and she simply hopes that it is another indication of what is possible. DeWanda Wise, Bryce's co-star, agreed with Bryce, saying it's always something and that for her character Kyla Watts, there was a strong resistance to her having muscles due to what it means to be a woman, having to look like a woman, it's just every side, relentless and impossible.