'Game of Thrones' Star Lena Headey Tweets With Fans About Anxiety

By David Konow 04/18/17

"Anxiety is a beast. You have to talk to beasts. Release them back into the wild. Easier said than done, I know, but still. Good to practice."

Lena Headey

Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, has spoken out about anxiety with her fans through a series of tweets.

Headey has appeared in the gladiator hit film 300 and starred in the Fox series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles before she had major success with Game of Thrones.

Recently, a fan on Twitter asked Headey if she ever feels insecure. “I overthink for sure,” she tweeted back. “I am familiar with depression. I get HUGE anxiety (always fun) Insecure, not really.” She called anxiety “a beast” in another tweet, and added, “You have to talk to beasts. Release them back into the wild. Easier said than done I know but still. Good to Practice.”

More tweets followed with Headey writing, “No wonder we have anxiety, no wonder we overthink…we’re slammed with bullshit,” as well as further advice for those struggling with their emotions. “Tricked into thinking. You don’t have enough. You’re not enough. Pretty enough. Thin enough. Rich enough. Capable enough. Successful Enough."

She continued, "Well here’s the truth. You are enough…in fact you’re who you’re meant to be which is BEAUTIFUL…Don’t be afraid to let someone really see you…Magic happens when you are vulnerable and truthful and human.”

Headey felt fit to add that she is doing fine, and that anxiety and depression "is real and it’s chemical. It’s also spiritual…” Finally, Headey tweeted about what she loves in life: “My kids. Pals. Sunshine. Laughing til you cry. Pasta.”

According to a report on E!, Headey has had to endure her share of anxiety-inducing problems, including a custody battle with her former husband over their six-year-old child, Wylie. (She also has a one-year-old daughter named Teddy.)

Headey has spoken openly about dealing with anxiety and depression previously in More magazine, saying she went through “massive grief” after the collapse of her marriage, and she accepts that anxious feelings come with the territory in life.

“People who never get anxious always amaze me,” she said. “The world could be breaking up and they’re saying, ‘Everything’s fine!’ Getting older and having kids, you learn how to become less serious about it all.”

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