Armie Hammer opened up about the restless early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and how he sought help.
The 34-year-old actor, chatting with British GQ’s Heroes series, said he was not in a good place this past spring amid international shutdowns in response to the spread of COVID-19.
‘I think like everyone else on the planet, I felt like the rug was ripped from under my feet,’ said the Santa Monica, California native. ‘And I felt like I could feel it happening in slow-motion, like the rug was just being ripped from my feet and I was falling face-first and I was gonna smash my face on the ground.
The latest: Armie Hammer, 34, opened up to British GQ’s Heroes series about the restless early days of the coronavirus pandemic, and how he sought help amid the tough times
‘I felt like I was in a state of like, free fall almost, like it was just, it was really difficult.’
The Call Me by Your Name leading man, who had spent the earlier part of the lockdown in the Cayman Islands, acknowledged his privileged lifestyle in saying his wealthy background did not diminish the mental anguish he was experiencing.
‘I know there are people that had it way harder than I did,’ he said, ‘but it’s all subjective, you can only deal with your own reality and mine was felt like it was falling apart.’
He added: That’s a really kind of scary place but at the same time it’s a place of change in change is the only universal constant. Change is scary, but at the same time, change always precipitates growth and it was the time to grow.’
The Santa Monica, California native said, ‘I felt like I was in a state of like, free fall almost, like it was just, it was really difficult’
The Call Me by Your Name leading man acknowledged his privilege in saying his fame and wealth did not diminish the mental anguish he was experiencing
The On the Basis of Sex actor said he felt the lockdown, which caused many to hunker down in their homes, presented either ‘a time to grow or a time to implode,’ and that ‘without paying attention,’ he ‘started down the path down completely imploding.’
Hammer said he’d let his ‘mental health lapse’ in ‘allowing [himself] to end up in positions or situations that [he] knew were detrimental.’
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. actor said change came in the form of a wake up call he had, and that he finally reached out for help.
‘I had a very intense wake up call one day and I realize that I needed more help than I realized,’ he said. ‘So I called a friend of mine, Brendan, who works in mental health and I was like, “Dude, it’s not good. It’s not good for me,” and he goes, “I know, it’s not good for anyone,” and I go, “Yeah, but really not good for me, like I’m having a really hard time. I don’t know what the answer to this is.”‘
The On the Basis of Sex actor said he felt the lockdown, which caused many to hunker down in their homes, presented either ‘a time to grow or a time to implode’
Breakthrough: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. actor said change came in the form of a wake up call he had, and that he finally reached out for help
Hammer said his friend ‘ended up getting [him] on the phone with a therapist who [he] started working with multiple times a week just to get me through sort of like the crisis aspect of what was going on.’
Hammer gave a theory of why he and others have tended to be introspective amid the lockdown.
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‘I think that this has been a very interesting time where when we stripped away everything that society said, “Oh, you can distract yourself with going out to dinner, you can distract yourself with night clubs, you can distract yourself with pubs, you can distract yourself with whatever;” when that was stripped away, we were stuck dealing with ourselves.
‘And I think a lot of people realized that they didn’t like what themselves looked like. They didn’t like where they’d gotten to, and I was in that position as well and I decided to just take whatever steps I could to make a difference and to help myself.’
Hammer and estranged wife Elizabeth Chambers, 38, split this past July after 10 years of marriage; he said that regular therapy has helped him become a better father to their kids, daughter Harper, five, and son Ford, three.
‘I can’t be the best father that I can be if I’m not the best version of myself,’ he said. ‘I can’t be the best friend, I can’t be the best actor, I can’t be any of that if I’m not actually a good, healthy, functioning version of myself.
‘And having the time to sit with myself in quarantine made it painfully clear that I’ve got some improvement to do and that’s the goal, that’s the journey.’
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