Stephen Amell, the star of Arrow and the heart of The CW’s larger interconnected Arrowverse, come clean about the panic attack he had while doing an episode of the podcast Inside of You.
According to Yahoo News, “Amell had wrapped his eighth and final season on the CW superhero series, only a couple of weeks before, and he was open about how tired he felt. “I just feel like I’ve been trying to do things for people for the past eight years, and I just need a f***ing break,” Amell told Smallville star-turned-podcaster Michael Rosenbaum. “I wanna be a dad. I wanna be a husband. I don’t even really want to talk to my friends that much. I just need a break, and I cried about it twice today.”
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🚨 Get Inside of Stephen Amell (𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘣𝘪𝘰) Stephen Amell (Arrow, TMNT, Heels) joins us for one of the most powerful and jaw-dropping episodes we’ve ever done. Coming off the ending of his 8 year tenure with Arrow, Stephen opens up a lot about being at his wits’ end and being completely burnt out mentally, physically, and emotionally. This all leads to Stephen suffering a panic attack mid show… leaving in an unprecedented manner… and then returning with enough bravery to re-address his current mental health. Honestly, this episode encompasses everything this show is about. ❤️ Make sure you share this episode folks. . . . #InsideOfYou #Podcast #MichaelRosenbaum #Rosenbaum #Smallville #SmallvilleForever #Superman #actor #actress #acting #film #funny #podcast #mustsee #newpodcast #haha #mentalhealth #anxiety #real #panicattack #stephenamell #amell #arrow #cw #arrowcw #arrowverse #arrowseason6
After chatting about some topics that clearly emotionally moved him, Amell said needed to end the conversation short when he began to sweat. Then, he said he was going to be sick.
“I might have to cut this short, man. I’m not feeling well at all,” Amell said.
He refuses Rosenbaum’s offer of Tylenol and water.
“No, I think I just gotta go,” he said.
Amell said he wanted to walk, despite Rosenbaum’s offer to give him a ride. The actor needed fresh air, he said.
He returned a couple of weeks later to re-record the session and spoke about what happened, explaining he’d begun having a panic attack.
I did Rosey’s podcast after Arrow ended. We had to cut it short because I had a full on panic attack. It wasn’t pretty. I came back a few weeks ago to chat about it. I was in a really bad spot and I’m happy to report that I’m doing much better. Listen please 🙂 https://t.co/bpnUDqtQZN
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) January 21, 2020
Amell is happy to talk about this experience caught on camera because he thinks it will help de-stigmatize the mental illness condition.