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Stranger Things' David Harbour says first season took a toll on him mentally: he was 'miserable' and 'depressed'

David Harbour opened up about his struggle with depression after he started working on the hit Netflix series "Stranger Things."


Emily Treadgold


David Harbour, who plays Sheriff Hopper in the wildly popular Netflix show Stranger Things, opened up about how the role affected his mental health.

 

In an "Actors on Actors" segment by Variety, Kyle Maclachlan interviewed Harbour about the role.

 

"As an actor, you welcome these opportunities, but at the same time I got to carry this, I got to feel this every time I come to work," Maclachlan said.

 

Harbour told him, "The first season was the most miserable time in my life. It was sort of the greatest time in my life, too, but I just wanted to work on it so hard."

I remember feeling ... this deep insecurity that nothing I have to say is interesting, or important, or fun.

The actor detailed the work and his time playing Hopper, saying, "We went down to Atlanta to shoot it, and I had very little interaction with anyone. I just would sit in my house, and be very depressed. I would rarely go out. I would think a lot about the character."

 

He remembers when they wrapped he just didn't feel the same.

 

The actor said, "It was the oddest thing. I'm normally a pretty loquacious, fun person, and I got in that car and I couldn't even talk. I remember feeling ... this deep insecurity that nothing I have to say is interesting, or important, or fun." 

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