Dakota Johnson has spoken out about her mental health in a candid new interview.
The Fifty Shades of Grey star opened up about her secret struggle to Marie Claire magazine, revealing she has battled depression since she was a teenager.
“I’ve struggled with depression since I was young — since I was 15 or 14. That was when, with the help of professionals, I was like, Oh, this is a thing I can fall into. But I’ve learned to find it beautiful because I feel the world,” the 30-year-old actress told the publication.
“I guess I have a lot of complexities, but they don’t pour out of me. I don’t make it anyone else’s problem,” she added. “My brain moves at a million miles per minute,” she added. “I have to do a lot of work to purge thoughts and emotions, and I am in a lot of therapy.”
This isn’t the first time Johnson has opened up about her mental health. In a 2015 interview with AnOther Magazine, she revealed that her anxiety was so crippling it would often affect her during auditions.
“Sometimes I panic to the point where I don’t know what I’m thinking or doing. I have a full anxiety attack,” revealed the actress, who is the daughter of Hollywood stars Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith. “I have them all the time anyway, but with auditioning it’s bad. I’m so terrified of it. I have crippling self-doubt! But the things I’m the most afraid of, I run towards.”
That’s why she didn’t run from the character of Anastasia Steele in the Fifty Shades franchise, despite the sexy role giving her major anxiety.
“The scenes in that room were definitely the most vulnerable scenes in the movie,” she told Glamour back in 2015. “But it was a very closed set — my mum told me that it’s my right to ask for that during intimate scenes, so it seemed like [co-star Jamie Dornan and I] were in this little world together.”
And with Dornan looking out for her on set, it put Johson’s mind at ease.
“It’s stressful enough to be tied to a bed naked in a scene. But then they call cut, and you’re still tied to the bed, naked,” she said. “Jamie would be the first one to throw a blanket over me.”