Lili Reinhart opened up about her social anxiety: “I’d rather stay home and read a book”
Lili Reinhart is one of our dream bffs for several reasons: She has no shame in sharing her cystic acne struggles, she champions the destigmatization of mental health…oh, and she’d rather stay in and read a book than go to a party. SAME AF.
The entire Riverdale crew sat down with Seventeen, and interviewer Rachel Mosely asked Reinhart if she was at all like her on-screen persona, Betty, who literally hunts down murderers in her spare time. Reinhart said she’s nothing like Betty and added that because of her longstanding struggle with social anxiety, she has created a more introverted life for herself.
“I’ve had social anxiety forever — I don’t thrive in social or party settings," Reinhart told Seventeen. "Betty doesn’t either, but she’s more inclined to go out and do things. I’d rather stay home and read a book!
One of the things we love so much about Reinhart is how she’s so open and shame-free in sharing her experiences with anxiety. She previously confessed to W Magazine that when she was 18 and trying to make it as an actor in L.A., she had such bad panic attacks she had to move back home.
"I had had to quit a few jobs in North Carolina because of how anxious they made me," Reinhart told the W. "My anxiety was so bad that I had to keep quitting jobs because I physically could not work. But I knew I needed to make money...I felt like my world was crashing. I didn’t want to admit defeat, but I was like, 'I need to come home. My mental health is suffering, and it is making me physically ill.'"
On the topic of mental health, she told Teen Vogue, “People need to treat mental health like physical health. If you have a broken bone, you go to the doctor. If you have depression, people just say, ‘Everyone’s depressed, right?’ A lot of people don’t do anything about it and that to me is sad. I know sometimes it’s hard to reach out and I want to just say that it’s so normal.”
Amen to all of this.