Goldie Hawn, who has been famous for the majority of her life, recently admitted that in her 20s, she was depressed.
“When I was young, I became depressed,” the 75-year-old actress shared with Good Morning Britain. “I was 21 and I [was] rising to success. I know it sounds terrible, but it’s a very, very difficult thing. I didn’t necessarily want that.”
“I was very depressed and I had a lot of these issues where I couldn’t even go outside in public,” Hawn continued.
When Hawn was in her 20s during the 1960s, she found international acclaim when her go-go dancer act landed her a regular-cast gig on the popular sketch comedy show “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In.”
She quickly rose to fame when she won best supporting actress Oscar for 1969’s “Cactus Flower.”
But upon reflecting, Hawn now understands that she was overwhelmed by fame.
“I didn’t want to be a big deal,” she said. “I wanted to go home. I wanted to marry a dentist, I wanted to be a dancing school teacher. I did have a plan [and] I didn’t have delusions of grandeur on any level; I was extremely realistic.”
Hawn shared how going to doctors and psychologists to help learn about her brain and how to quiet her mind helped her and now, she believes that happiness is a “choice.”
“Happiness is an interesting thing, because it’s a state of mind,” she shared. “Happiness is something that we actually look at, we churn it like you churn butter and create butter and cream out of milk. You literally have to understand that happiness is a choice.”
Hawn has since created MindUp, which is a school program that began in 2003 and helps kids manage their stress and depression by focused breathing, sensory awareness, role-playing, and positive thinking.
“Don’t be embarrassed, mental health is real,” she added. “If I broke my arm, I would go to a doctor. If I fell and hurt my hip, I would go to a doctor. Our brains are an organ. There are things that we can [do to] help ourselves and doctors can help us. We should never be ashamed to say ‘I’m feeling sad.'”
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