Dakota Johnson gave a rare and candid interview about her mental health to Marie Claire magazine for its summer issue. The 30-year-old actress discussed her experience with depression and the profound difference therapy has made in her life.
“I’m constantly thinking about the state of the world right now,” she started, discussing COVID-19 in February before it had forced much of the country into quarantine. “It keeps me up at night, all night, every night. My brain goes to crazy dark places with it.”
“My brain moves at a million miles per minute,” she continued. “I have to do a lot of work to purge thoughts and emotions, and I am in a lot of therapy.”
She learned over time how to cope with the way she was feeling—and it all started with working with professionals when she was in her teen years. “I’ve struggled with depression since I was young—since I was 15 or 14,” Johnson said. “That was when, with the help of professionals, I was like, Oh, this is a thing I can fall into. But I’ve learned to find it beautiful because I feel the world. I guess I have a lot of complexities, but they don’t pour out of me. I don’t make it anyone else’s problem.”
The actress also discussed why she started her own production company, TeaTime Pictures. It stemmed from feeling powerless on sets: “For a long time, I’d do a movie and have no say,” she said. “I could go into something, and it’ll be one thing, and then it comes out as a totally different thing. As an artist, you’re like, ‘What the fuck?’ I definitely want to have my craft, my artistry, and my ideas respected and tossed around. I want to be part of the process. I also have really specific taste.”