Bryce Dallas Howard Talks "Call Me Crazy" and Opens Up About Post-Partum Depression
Actress Bryce Dallas Howard is not only talking about her directorial role in Lifetime's upcoming "Call Me Crazy: A Five Film" these day, but she's also opening up about her experience with post-partum depression after the birth of her first child.
You can find Bryce on the cover of the latest Us Weekly Magazine. Inside, she talks about directing one of the shorts for "Call Me Crazy" and how it really hit home for her:
"It was a phenomenal experience," said Howard, who directed Octavia Spencer and Brittany Snow in a short called "Lucy," about a young law student coming to terms with a recent schizophrenia diagnosis. All five of the Call Me Crazy shorts deal with the subject of mental illness. "That's something that sadly I experienced after the birth of my first child."
She goes on to describe how the illness affected her, how directing a movie about mental illness helped her, and how she prevented going there again after the birth of her second child:
"It went untreated for eighteen months because I was just so ashamed and frightened, I didn't know what it meant and didn't know what happened to me. Getting to have an opportunity to tell a story that is about mental illness and how it affects one's self and one's community was really something that really meant a lot to me."
Fortunately, she did not experience the same depression with her second child. "I had, especially after the birth of my daughter, because of the experience I had [with] my son, I had family around me constantly, I had friends around me constantly, professionals supporting me through that, and I feel really grateful, I couldn't have done it otherwise. You can't raise kids alone, you can't heal alone. -- you really need a community."
"Call Me Crazy: A FIVE Film" World Premiere Saturday, April 20 at 8/7c. on Lifetime.