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“Anxieties Were Forming”: Finn Wolfhard Says Whirlwind ‘Stranger Things’ Career That Made Him Millions of Dollars Also Made Him Bury His Feelings

“Anxieties Were Forming”: Finn Wolfhard Says Whirlwind ‘Stranger Things’ Career That Made Him Millions of Dollars Also Made Him Bury His Feelings

Finn Wolfhard is popularly known for his portrayal of Mike Wheeler in the Netflix Original Stranger Things, and as Richie Tozier in the 2017 horror thriller film IT. Finn Wolfhard is one of the most recognized child actors, and many people believe that he has the potential to be one of the actors.

Finn Wolfhard recently had an interview with GQ magazine, where he revealed that he used to suffer from anxiety and had constant panic attacks, because of his ‘whirlwind’ career.

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Finn Wolfhard

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What did Finn Wolfhard Reveal about his Mental Health?

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The cast of Stranger Things

Finn Wolfhard recently turned 20, and in an exclusive interview with GQ magazine, the young actor revealed how started having panic attacks when he was 15 or 16. People used to look at him and believed he is having a great career, and hence he had to avoid his feelings. He revealed that he had a panic attack while working on the sets of When You Finish Saving The World. Here’s what Finn Wolfhard said in the interview: 

“I was so uptight and nervous about it, because I just was like, ‘This is the first movie [that I’m doing] as an adult.’”

“For me, I’m not concerned with being relevant at all, ever. I’m just concerned with the people around me and the jobs that I’m doing day-to-day. When things feel really overwhelming and big, it can feel even more big to kid actors who just feel like it all can be gone in an instant.”

“I’m like, ‘Yeah, you should. Actually, it’s necessary.’ He added “It’ll keep you alive. It’ll keep you better at your job, too.”

Finn Wolfhard revealed the real reason for his panic attacks and anxiety was when the series rose to fame and people started recognizing him everywhere he went; he had to deal with social media and Instagram followers. Moreover, he was also getting tagged by millions of fans around the world, where he saw edits of Mike’s moments in the series, and he did not know how to deal with so much attention.

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Is Finn Wolfhard Ready for Season 5 of Stranger Things?

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Stranger Things Logo

In the same interview, Finn Wolfhard reveals that he is ready to shoot season 5 of Stranger Things, and he looked like an excited teenager who is excited about his graduation. And he reveals that Stranger Things has been a springboard for him as he is able to choose what he works on next, as many child actors don’t have a choice. Here’s what Finn Wolfhard said:

“I was stoked, actually, after I watched four,” he replies. “Like, ‘Oh hell yeah. Let’s finish this.’ It’s going to be nuts to finish it. It’s going to be amazing, but it’s going to be nuts.” 

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During the interview, he revealed that for the past few years, he is trying to figure out on living a ‘normal life’ and he is doing regular stuff such as living in a rented house in Los Angeles with his friends, playing music in his band, The Aubreys, and he used to go to school when he wasn’t working.

Source: GQ Magazine

Written by Tushar Auddy

A voracious reader and a wordsmith at heart. Tushar is a student of Linguistics, who's always on the lookout for a good book or a captivating story. He has a passion for literature that runs deep and loves nothing more than getting lost in a novel for hours on end. When he isn't reading, you'll find him scribbling down his thoughts and musings, always eager to capture the beauty of language.