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Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy opens up about struggle with severe anxiety

Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy opens up about struggle with

Dan Levy attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party. (Getty for Vanity Fair/ Rich Fury/VF20)

Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy has opened up about his struggle with debilitating anxiety, and described how it stopped him from coming out.

In an interview with Bustle, Levy explained that when he was young, his anxiety was so severe that he completely avoided social situations like birthday parties or summer camp.

It even resulted in a physical eye condition, iritis, and doctors said there was a chance that it would eventually take away his vision.

His self-imposed isolation, he said, “came from a deep-rooted fear of knowing that I was gay and not being able to be free”.

Levy continued: “By the time I got to high school, when your brain is starting to catch up to your physical impulses, it led to a very confusing time.

“Because on the one hand, you are now being introduced to things like self-awareness and anxiety. At the same time, you’re becoming more and more savvy when it comes to hiding it.”

Remaining closeted at school, he said he constantly felt a sense of fear: “Fear of being ridiculed. Fear of being othered. Fear of exposing something that I think a lot of high school students at the time didn’t have the tools to process properly, to make it comfortable for me.”

He found some relief through theatre, getting involved in directing, writing and acting in school plays, but he was still being bullied.

“I was starting to develop a sense of confidence by way of being able to entertain people,” he said.

“It was like a decoy version of myself that I was putting out there to not have to live with the reality that when the bullying was happening — if someone was calling me a faggot or whatever it was — they were speaking the truth.”

But this “decoy version” of himself, although effective as a distraction from his anxiety, was doing its own damage.

“Your sense of self gets chipped away,” he said. “You lose sight of your own value.”

Dan Levy explored his coming out in lesbian Christmas film Happiest Season

After years of fear, Dan Levy came out to his family when he was 18, and they wholeheartedly accepted him for who he is.

He explored the moment as the character of John in this year’s lesbian Christmas rom com Happiest Season, starring Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis.

In a speech that Stewart said felt “historic”, Levy says: “Everybody’s story is different. There’s your version and my version and everything in between.

“But the one thing that all of those stories have in common is that moment right before you say those words when your heart is racing and you don’t know what’s coming next. That moment’s really terrifying.

“And then once you say those words, you can’t unsay them. A chapter has ended and a new one’s begun, and you have to be ready for that.

“You can’t do it for anyone else.”

Schitt’s Creek star Noah Reid didn’t want to play Patrick ‘a certain way’

Schitt's Creek Noah Reid

Patrick and David’s relationship on Schitt’s Creek melted the hearts of fans across the world (Screenshot/Netflix)

Schitt’s Creek star Noah Reid has said he “never felt the need” to play gay character Patrick “a certain way”.

Reid collectively melted the hearts of queer people across the world with his portrayal of David Rose’s love interest Patrick in Schitt’s Creek, the comedy that took the world by storm when it landed on Netflix.

Reflecting on his time on the show, which ended in April after a six-season run, Reid – who is straight – said he never tried to play the character a certain way based on his sexuality.

When asked what he thinks of the ongoing debate around straight actors playing gay characters, Reid told the Irish Independent: “I agree with it on many scores. I also feel like Patrick is just a guy who’s attracted to another guy.”

Schitt’s Creek star Noah Reid didn’t want to play gay character Patrick ‘a certain way’ based on his sexuality.

He added: “I never felt the need to play Patrick a certain way based on his sexuality – I sort of approached him as if he were me and he was attracted to somebody.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Reid reflected on his memorable acoustic performance of Tina Turner’s “The Best” in the series, saying it “opened up a door to a music career” that he previously didn’t know was possible.

“Dan [Levy] had written that song into the episode, and I think the line was, ‘Patrick performers a surprisingly beautiful version of Tina Turner’s ‘The Best’, which was a lot to process.

“At the table read, I went up to Dan and said, ‘OK, so you’re going to make me sing, huh?’ and he was like, ‘Yeah, and this song is actually quite important to me, so don’t f**k it up.’”

I never felt the need to play Patrick a certain way based on his sexuality – I sort of approached him as if he were me and he was attracted to somebody.

Reid also admitted that he was “nervous” joining Schitt’s Creek in 2017, when the show already had an established fanbase.

“I was certainly nervous about showing up to an established show,” he said.

“Catherine [O’Hara] and Eugene [Levy] are these giants in Canadian comedy – and all over the world – but for us, we’re well aware that they’re at the absolute height.

“I was just really blown away by their generosity and welcoming nature. They made it real easy for me to step into that show and feel like I was part of it.

“There was a wonderful interpersonal vibe on that set that you don’t come across all the time, and I think that’s down to Eugene and Catherine approaching it like the genuine people they are.

“Nobody could flex any ego if they weren’t flexing any ego, so there just wasn’t any, really, on set.”