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Dan Levy, the Schitt’s Creek co-creator and star, has opened up about something very personal in his life. That is his struggle with anxiety. The Canadian actor and writer explain that he has been dealing with anxiety ever since he was young. Dan Levy also thinks that a lot of the anxiety may be because of his sexuality and how society was not always open to that.
The struggle with anxiety
While Dan Levy is enjoying a lot of success from the award-winning show he created with his father, it has definitely been a difficult journey. Levy shared with Bustle that he’s always had a problem dealing with pressure and anxious thoughts. So much so that he hasn’t gone out to socialize much due to that very reason. Dan would often avoid going to birthday parties and different social events as well. Even before that was our new normal.
The stress even caused Dan Levy to have medical problems. It triggered a condition called iritis. Iritis causes eye inflammation due to stress.
Dan Levy thinks it might be because of his sexuality
The actor is not fully sure of what caused the anxiety at such a young age but he thinks it might have something to do with his sexuality. Dan Levy is openly gay and came out to his parents a long time ago.
Fear of being ridiculed. Fear of being othered.
Moreover, he was afraid of how other people would not know how to react to it:
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.
Eventually, when he turned eighteen, Dan Levy was invited by his mom to come out over lunch. That gave him the opportunity to start being comfortable with showing who he really was to more people.
Moreover, Dan Levy shared that he found a lot of peace by writing and creating the show Schitt’s Creek with his father, Eugene Levy. However, Dan ended up having major bouts of anxiety during the Schitt’s Creek journey. It became so much that his neck ended up in a brace due to it. Dan needed many chiropractic treatments while on the Schitt’s Creek set as well.