Selena Gomez Talks Mental Health ‘Exercises,’ References Her Time on Bed Rest
By Rachel McRady
Selena Gomez isn’t holding back!
The 25-year-old actress moderated a Q&A with Good Time director Josh Safdie and producer Sebastian Bear-McClard over the weekend, and opened up about her own journey -- and sometimes struggles -- with mental health.
Gomez first explained why she was the one leading the discussion and her unusual friendship with the director/producer pair, revealing her love of their 2014 film, Heaven Knows What. The movie is about the overwhelming love Harley (Arielle Holmes) has for Ilya (Caleb Landry Jones). In the film, Ilya asks Harley to prove her love by slitting her wrists, and she obliges with only mild hesitation, which has to do with her other all-consuming love: heroin.
“A lot of you probably don’t know why I’m here. I actually don’t know why I’m here either, but these guys are really cool,” she began as the audience laughed. “A little while ago I was actually on bed rest, and it’s probably the worst time to watch Heaven Knows What or the best time, depending on your mental state. I ended up becoming extremely fascinated with the boys and kind of forced them to become my friend a little bit.”
Director Safdie chimed in, “People might not know this, but Selena’s an avid movie devourer. She will just devour a movie and watch, like, a [Brian] De Palma movie, like, four or five times a day.”
When asking the creative team about the origins of some of the intense characters, Gomez got candid about her own work to maintain a healthy state of mind.
“For me, personally, I really liked the mental aspect of it, because I’ve done a lot of those exercises that you put in,” she said. “So, the beginning of the movie stuck with me because I actually… I’m very open, it’s not really a secret, but I, for sure, have talked about that, and I’ve done a lot of those exercises.”