who make glib but well-intended suggestions for dealing with depression
, such as exercising and staying positive, appear to be able to fuck themselves, at least according to Annie Murphy
Murphy revealed to The Zoe Report in a profile published Tuesday that, unlike her light and frothy Alexis Rose character in "Schitt's Creek," she had a difficult struggle dealing with her depression diagnosis until she began taking medication for it.
She told the personal style website that she started feeling down during the “Schitt’s Creek” live farewell tour in January 2020 and felt as if she had to force herself to go through the motions. She was supposed to begin filming her new role in “Kevin Can F**k Himself” in March 2020, but due to the coronavirus pandemic
, she found herself in her parents’ home in Canada
on lockdown and unable to do much.
“My mom was like, ‘You're crying hysterically 12 times a day, to the point where your teeth are chattering; that's not normal,'” she said.
According to the 34-year-old actor, she began seeing a therapist, who diagnosed her with depression.
“I was like, 'Damn it, I'm depressed,'” she explained.
Murphy told the website that she doesn't want to come across as "playing a tiny violin for myself" because people assume she should be happy because she's "rich and famous," but she did say that if everything had gone according to plan for filming, it would have been disastrous for her mental health
“I don't think I would have been able to do my job if I hadn't gone to work
[on 'Kevin'] when I was supposed to go to work,” she admitted.
She did, however, say that the pandemic break, therapy
, and antidepressants helped her feel more like herself again.
“I don’t cry every single day on the floor 12 times,” Murphy explained. “I am able to focus on other things in my life. Now, honestly, if a friend says, ‘I’m having a really hard time,’ I’m like, ‘Get on drugs
. Get on drugs!’ You don’t have to be on drugs for the entire time, but they truly, truly saved my life in the sense that I was not a functional human being and I was able to
Murphy arrived on the set of “Kevin Can F**k Himself” a day after winning an Emmy for her role as Alexis in “Schitt’s Creek” last fall, and she told TZR that she is proud of her work as Allison McRoberts, a working-class Worcester, Massachusetts
, housewife in her new genre-breaking AMC series.
“Not to toot my own horn, because I fucking despise it, but I do feel a sense of resilience, both from Allison and from going into it in a really messed-up mental state,” she explained.
To read Annie Murphy's full profile, go to The Zoe Report.