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Gillian Anderson Opens Up About Her Battle With Anxiety, Says She Didn’t Want to Leave the House

by Rachel McRady 2:54 AM PDT, March 13, 2017
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Gillian Anderson is opening up about her battle with anxiety. The 48-year old actress spoke with The Guardian in a recent interview about her personal struggles while promoting her new female empowerment book, We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere.

She revealed that she struggled with addiction and anxiety from an early age and was voted Most Likely to Get Arrested in high school.

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“There were times when it was really bad,” she told the newspaper. “There have been times in my life where I haven’t wanted to leave the house.”

Her inner turmoil followed her past her teenage years, and Anderson hinted that her addiction issues lasted much longer, though she wouldn’t specifically talk about that. She also struggled with body image, but now refuses to acknowledge those insecurities.

“All I know is that when I meditate, one goes beyond the physical, and it is possible to tap into a sense of absolute contentment and joy in that place. So if that’s where you’re starting, then actually none of this,” she added, gesturing to her body, “means anything, really.”

Working in an industry obsessed with image, Anderson knows that her looks matter, and has taken a laid-back, realistic approach to those concerns.

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“I mean, as I get older, I imagine the roles that I’m able to get are going to change. There will be a certain point where I’ll make the decision to go grey, you know,” she said. “There might be a certain point where I decide that it’s silly for me to continue being blond when I’m in my 60s.”

Anderson isn’t the only one who has just opened up about her struggles. Hills alum Lo Bosworth recently got candid about her battle with depression. Watch the clip below for more.

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