Primetime Emmy award winner David Harbour who portrayed the role of Jip Hopper in Netflix’s science fiction-horror television series Stranger Things got candid about his mental illness on the Blank Podcast this Friday.
He made an appearance with comedian Jim Daly and author Giles Paley-Phillips, where he shared the personal story of his life, that was kept hidden till now.
The actor described, he was first diagnosed with Bipolar disorder when he was just 20. And his acting career has been life-saving for him, so much that he considers it another ‘lifeline’ for him. “It has made working even more vital to me..it’s kind of a lifeline… if I wasn’t an artist I’d be a lot worse off and it made work more vital,” he said.
“First of all the interesting thing about my own particular brand of it is that I never have an episode when I am working,” He said Speaking about his acting career and mental health. “So, in some way I’ve generally been able to see a link between my own creative energies when they’re channeled into some kind of work form and that when they are not channeled, it goes off into some kind of madness,” he added further.
The 44-year-old actor also told that he chooses not to reveal his disease to the world because he thought it would cost him his acting career. “As an actor, you’re worried about getting hired, but now I’m at a place where I can talk about this,” he told British GQ.
When asked about his role in Stranger Things the actor joked and said he’s himself worried due to ‘lack of phone calls from the producer’ and thinking Jim might have died while being trapped in the Upside Down at the end of the series.