Supernatural star Jensen Ackles in an recent interview opened up about mental health. The pandemic was hard on everyone but was particularly harsh on Jensen Ackles as production of the new season of the show shut down due to the ongoing pandemic.
As he starts working back on set, he shared how the in between months were a struggle.
Jensen, who was a guest on Michael Rosenbaum’s ‘Inside You’ podcast, spoke in great detail about his struggles with his routine. He hoped that this will encourage his fans open up about their issues.
His struggle started when after 15 years of working in a particular routine, he was forced to abandon it because of the ongoing pandemic. He did not know what to do with himself.
“I haven’t set my alarm clock in four months,” Ackles said. “My alarm clock used to be set every day to get up because I had people waiting for me on set. I had to get up, I had to learn my lines, I had to read the next script, I had to figure out what I was doing, I had to go to stunt rehearsal, I had to go get a prosthetic fitting. You’re doing things, you’re moving, you’re working, you have purpose. When you strip all that away, all of a sudden it’s what am I supposed to be doing right now?”
It was during this time that Jensen Ackles decided that he did not need Supernatural to wake up every morning. While he did wait for Supernatural to resume shooting.m, he found other activities to keep him motivated.
“That’s a hard ocean to navigate but I think that’s when you find purpose,” Ackles said. “You look around you and you take inventory. You go you know what? I’m going to call my grandmother, I’m going to take my kids outside and shoot some basketball wtih them, I’m going to call a friend. I’m going to find some reason to get motivated to keep moving to the next hour.”
Fans were what motivated him the most.
Ackles said that it was their dedication that was the biggest motivator. For 15 years they opened up to the cast about their struggles and that helped him power through.
“There’s a lot in the fandom that are beautifully vocal about their struggles with mental instability or with Depression or whatever it might be. I’ve met a lot of these people that fight it on a daily basis. I don’t envy that but I am encouraged and inspired by how they continually do that on a daily basis. If I’ve felt that I’ve tasted just a fraction of that throughout the quarantine, I would say that what I’ve learned from that is you’ve got to find a way to stay motivated. Find purpose in every day and every moment. That gets you to the next moment.”
With this Jensen Ackles concluded his ‘Inside You’ podcast