She has one of the most enviable jobs in the world, but Evangeline Lilly has been through tough times, too. Now she has opened up about her depression.
Evangeline Lilly might be on top of the world at this moment with her sure-fire hit The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug now in theaters, but the actress revealed some darker times to Digital Spy. She disclosed that she has suffered from depression.
She told the U.K. publication, “I have battled clinical depression and have come out of the other side. I’ve been free of it for many years now.”
Lilly didn’t go the usual route of taking prescription medications, though. She decided to seek alternative therapies to battle her depression. Her role on Lost, which was filmed in Hawaii, actually led to her finding a solution.
“Going from eating whatever to eating primarily organic food, I was astounded what a difference that made. After about a year or two years, I started to feel something physically lift out of my brain, and I believe it was all the chemicals I was probably ingesting [before],” the 34-year-old star revealed.
The former ABC actress knows that her path isn’t typical, but it was the right one for her.
“Finding the place in my own mind and heart to win that battle without using medication, finding the place within myself where I could be alive again, that was one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced,” she said.
The mother of one has continued to have a successful career in addition to balancing her time at home with her son. However, Lilly knows that her struggle with depression is a lifelong journey.
She wisely explained, “I would rather pretend to be happy than allow myself to be miserable. It’s sort of the idea of ‘fake it till you make it.’ Put on a smile until you believe your own smile. That’s a big part of it.”