In an interview with Collider, Cheyenne Jackson was asked if it was ever scary to sign on for a role like the one he plays in “Call Me Kat,” and Jackson opened up about how he tries not to get inside his head . “I go into every new project just trying to be in the moment, trying to bring as much life into that person as possible, trying to connect with my other people as much as possible and trying not to get too much in my head to get,” he told Collider. “I was part of things where I was like, ‘Oh my god, this is a slam dunk. This is it.’ And then it didn’t go anywhere. And I’ve also been a part of stuff where I’m like, ‘This doesn’t really work,’ but then it’s a big hit. So I try not to judge the stuff, and I’m working on it.” It sounds like Jackson has a good mentality to try and stay ahead of the “self-critical cascade” in his own career.
In an interview with his co-star Mayim Bialik on their podcast titled “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown,” Jackson explained that he suffered from depression and suicidal thoughts at a young age, largely because he came to terms with the fact that he was gay grew up in a conservative Christian environment. Thankfully he made it on the other side, but not before coming to terms with his identity and what he would lose by being himself. Considering his previous struggles with mental health, it’s best that he’s found a way to avoid this self-criticism in his work.
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