“Pitch Perfect” actress Anna Kendrick recently opened up about her own experience with an emotionally abusive relationship and how she was able to recognize it and break free.
Kendrick told Dax Shepard on his Armchair Expert podcast that the unnamed ex was someone she was living with and considered her “husband for all intents and purposes.”
However, she soon noticed a shift in his behavior and demeanor. He became distant and eventually confessed to having feelings for another woman but refused to discuss it further.
When Kendrick tried to address the problems, she found herself being screamed at and feeling like it was her fault. In an attempt to fix things and prove her self-worth, she put her health, career, and life at risk.
“There was an inherent thing of me being so rejectable that this person who loved me very deeply for six years, it suddenly occurred to him how awful I was or something,” she continued. “The shame- that lingers much longer.”
She revealed that she went to Al-Anon, saw two therapists a week, learned to meditate, and talked with her agency about taking time off for mental health reasons.
These steps ultimately benefited her, but her initial goal was to figure out how to “stop being crazy” and “stop feeling anything.”
“I had a conversation with CAA, my agency, and said, ‘I need to take time off, I have a mental health problem,'” she explained. “I started seeing two therapists a week, and I started trying to learn to meditate, and I got into Al-Anon, and all of these things ended up being very wonderful things for me in the long run, but initially went into them thinking, ‘Tell me how to stop being crazy. Tell me how to stop feeling anything.'”
Kendrick has opened up about her experiences with emotional abuse and emphasized that those who choose to save themselves and better their lives deserve all the credit for their strength and courage.