The 100's Lindsey Morgan Almost Quit Acting For Good While Struggling with Depression & Anxiety

The 100's Lindsey Morgan Almost Quit Acting For Good While Struggling with Depression & Anxiety

Lindsey Morgan really opened up about her struggles with depression in Style Verify‘s new issue.

The 100 actress got in depth about how her anxiety attributed to a deep depression and even led to her quitting acting — but it wasn’t for long.

“I remember I had a low point when I was working on a soap opera, General Hospital, five years ago,” Lindsey recalls. “It was my first real job, and it was so overwhelming. You would work five days a week and have to learn sometimes up to 30 pages of new dialogue a night, then have one take to shoot it all, THE NEXT DAY.”

“It was like performing a new play each DAY, with high emotional stakes and situations. I was playing a character that was very far from who I am as a person. So, it was always more work to understand her and justify her, but I had also replaced an actress, so I was receiving so much internet hate and scrutiny from fans who loved the girl who played her before me.”

The pressure of the job, plus the online haters didn’t do much to help the situation at all.

“I never told anyone how unhappy I was because I was also grateful I had a job versus so many people that didn’t,” Lindsey adds. “I did not think I was allowed to be miserable, but I was overworked, sleep-deprived and just lost.”

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Ultimately, the role she was played was recast with another actress as well and Lindsey admits it was a tough pill to swallow.

“I cried in my car and had this very intense anxiety attack of ‘oh my god, I do not have a job anymore.’ ‘I have to start auditioning again,’ ‘what if I never get another role?’ ‘What if I am terrible?’ ‘they fired me; no one will hire me, ‘and ‘I should just quit, I should just go back home, what am I even doing here?!’”

And she did quit — but only for an hour.

“I gave up right there in my car and thought I would do something else, go back to school somehow and figure it out. Then I cried it all out, and an intense calm came over me,” Lindsey adds. “I realized I could not quit, I would have to make something work, I would have to work harder and get better, and I could not give up on myself.”

Lindsey headed back to acting classes, got a trainer and a meal plan…and the very next year booked The 100; and we’re glad for that, because could you imagine anyone else playing Raven? We couldn’t.

The 100 returns in April on The CW.

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