She might play one of the most revered characters on TV, but in real life Lena Headey is showing off a much more vulnerable side, opening up about battling post-partum depression.
In a new interview with The EDIT, the 43-year-old actress recalls finding out about the disorder after her first child, Wylie.
“I was post-natally depressed but I didn’t know it,” she said. “I saw a doctor for the medical check, and I just burst into tears. She said I was post-natally depressed and I went, ‘Am I? Why is that?’ I saw a great guy and he sorted me out, but I did the first year [on Game of Thrones] in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally. It was tricky.”
The actress had previously spoken out about her bout to The Telegraph in 2014.
Suffering from clinical depression since 15, Headey had managed the disorder without medication, but says she “went a bit nuts.”
“[I] eventually went to a guy who mixes Western and Eastern philosophy in terms of medicine and he put me on a course of something that changed everything. But I would never want to be dependent [on medication].”
Joining the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Chrissy Teigen, Bryce Dallas Howard, Drew Barrymore, Brooke Shields, and Celine Dion, the actress is not alone in her struggle. Reportedly afffecting 1 out of 9 women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disorder is also referred to as “post-natal depression”.