Actress Lili Reinhart is one of the breakout stars of The CW's latest hit series, Riverdale, but her journey as a young actor hasn't been easy. To mark the one-year anniversary of Riverdale's official series pickup, the show's very own Betty Cooper took to Twitter to share a personal and powerful story.
In what has been considered a very raw reveal, Reinhart opened up about her battle with depression prior to landing the role, which saved her life. In what she described as a "little rant," Reinhart shared an empowering message tweet by tweet, which in whole reads:
"Exactly one year ago today, we found out that Riverdale was getting picked up for an entire season. I remember how I felt when I found out..I cried tears of joy. In that moment I became a working actress with a steady job. Something I had been working towards for 7 years...And now here we are, gearing up to film season 2... And I could not be more grateful. Riverdale came into my life when I was going through the worst depression I had ever experienced. And in the end it completely saved me. Since it's mental health awareness month, I figured it would be good to share that. I worked my ass off to make a living out of what I love. And when I'm feeling depressed or sad, I remind myself how far I've come. And how I didn't let my depression consume me...To anyone out there who feels depressed or hopeless... do not f*cking give up on yourself. You're all you've got. And you deserve the world. Your mental health should be your priority. Don't forget that. This is your life.. and you've only got one. So don't waste it by being sad. You will get through whatever you're going through now. And you'll be so much stronger at the end of it. You're stronger than you know. I guess that ends my little rant. But I felt the need to put some love out into the world today. I encourage you to do the same ❤️"
It is always refreshing to see a young celebrity use a social platform to share personal struggles that so many of their followers also face on an everyday basis. Unfortunately, a number of people criticized her story, taking her message of "don't waste [life] by being sad" way out of context, claiming that it was too dismissive.
Reinhart decided to do a follow-up response on Twitter to clarify her feelings on the issue and how disheartening it is to be made into a villain for opening up about her own mental health:
Reinhart went on to say that she doesn't care if people end up twisting her words because she will never stay silent on mental health issues, especially her own. Nobody should have to prove or compare their struggles. Mental health issues are unfairly stigmatized enough as it is, so why question somebody's intentions when they try to bring awareness to the topic?
Fortunately, Reinhart has no issue responding to critics. Her thick skin and admirable pride will get her far in this industry, and her top-notch Twitter presence isn't going anywhere.
Lili Reinhart's full message can be found on her Twitter account. Riverdale returns for Season 2 next fall.
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