‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Lena Headey Bravely Opens Up About Her Postpartum Depression
She’s known as the villainous Cersei Lannister on Game of Thrones, but behind her character's icy exterior, actress Lena Headey was struggling with something very real—undiagnosed postpartum depression.
In an interview conducted by costar Maisie Williams (who plays Arya Stark) for Net-A-Porter’s digital magazine The Edit, Headey opened up about her battle with postpartum depression.
The 43-year-old actress had just given birth to her son, Wylie, and was in the process of filming GoT’s first season when she started feeling depressed.
“I was postnatally depressed but I didn't know it,” she shared with Williams. “I saw a doctor for the medical check, and I just burst into tears. She said I was postnatally depressed…I saw a great guy and he sorted me out, but I did the first year [on Game of Thrones] in that space, figuring out motherhood and going through a weird time personally. It was tricky.”
Headey did, in fact, come out the other side of her depression and even went on to have another child—Teddy—who turns two next week. She's one of several actresses who have spoken candidly about postpartum depression, and her beautiful honesty alone is deserving of the Iron Throne.