Letitia Wright won the big Rising Star award at the BAFTAs on Sunday, and she used the moment in the spotlight to talk about a serious subject.
Reaching the podium to accept the award, the “Black Panther” star revealed, “A few years ago I saw myself in a deep state of depression and I literally wanted to quit acting.”
She continued, “The only thing that pulled me out of it was God, my belief, my faith and my family, and an email from BAFTA asking me to become part of the BAFTA Breakthrough Brits. I was like: ‘Let me try again.'”
Wright then addressed young people watching who may be suffering from mental health or other issues.
“I want to encourage young people,” she said. “You don’t have to be young, you can be any age, but I want to encourage you — anyone going through a hard time — God made you and you’re important. There might be some of you here who might be going through a hard time.”
Speaking backstage after her win, Wright continued the message.
“I knew that I was struggling with stuff that many people in the industry were struggling with and are hiding away from and not opening up and telling people about,” she explained. “Whether it be sadness, depression, thinking they’re not good enough and not allowing their light to shine within them.”
The 25-year-old actress continued, “That was my opportunity to say it to them, that ‘Hey, I see you and I understand what you’re going through.’ This looks great, a red carpet and a nice dress looks great. But people on the inside are feeling sad and they’re feeling broken, so how can I encourage them tonight?”
On Twitter, fans praised Wright for her openness about a personal issue that affects so many people.