Troian Bellisario
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Troian Bellisario, best known for playing Spencer Hastings on Pretty Little Liars, is already a hero in our book for opening up about her battle with anorexia. But she has taken her openness about her illness to a new admirable level, since Bellisario has created a movie about anorexia based on her own experiences. The 31-year-old actress wrote, produced, and stars in the film Feed, and it’s going to be a moving experience whether or not you have personal experience with eating disorders.

In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Bellisario explained that she wrote Feed, which also stars Tom Felton, before she was on Pretty Little Liars:

Beyond having this devastating illness, Bellisario explained that it wasn’t easy to communicate to her family and friends who didn’t understand it:

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Yet, she has used her public image over the years to speak out about her personal history with anorexia. In 2014, Bellisario opened up about her eating disorder and self-harm issues publicly to Seventeen magazine. More recently, before the 2016 presidential election, Bellisario filmed a PSA addressing her anorexia and discussed how Hillary Clinton’s focus on mental health issues was a reason she was voting for the Democratic candidate.

And with her film Feed, Bellisario is doing just that for herself and other people who have coped or are currently coping with eating disorders — creating art that will help people understand the complexities of anorexia.

Feed is scheduled to be released in summer 2017 and Bellisario said, “I’m really, really proud of it. I’m very excited to share it with people.” And we’re very excited to see what she has created.