'Game of Thrones' Star Lena Headey Battled Postpartum Depression During Season One
The actress shares in a new interview that while portraying Cersei in Game of Thrones' first season, she was told she was "postnatally depressed."
Lena Headey, who plays Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, appears on the cover of the newest issue of Net-A-Porter’s The EDIT magazine, and in the interview, the actress opened up about her behind-the-scenes challenge while shooting season 1: her battle with postpartum depression. At the time, Headey had just given birth to her son Wylie, who is now 7.
Sitting down with her GoT co-star Maisie Williams for the Q&A, Headey explained that filming traumatic scenes while coping with this personal wellness struggle was “really horrendous -- I was postnatally depressed, but I didn’t know it. I saw a doctor for the medical check, and I just burst into tears. She said I was postnatally depressed and I went, ‘Am I? Why is that?"
Thankfully, she was able to find quality mental health care to feel better. “I saw a great guy and he sorted me out, but I did the first year [on GoT] in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally. It was tricky.”
Heartening to hear that she was able to navigate her way through that tough time and get the help she needed! And the more public figures like Headey feel comfortable opening up about PPD, the less taboo the topic becomes, which is obviously a boon for all moms.
Headey went onto share with Williams what's on her mind these days, as far as motherhood goes. "What I want for my children is for them to be kind and conscious and happy and that’s it, really,” she shared. “I don’t want them to think, ‘You have to achieve that in order to have that,’ because that’s not true anymore. And I want my daughter [Teddy, who is almost 2 years old] to have a good voice and to use it, to not feel restricted by being a woman in any way, to make her choices freely.”
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Cheers to all of that!