As a child, Christina Ricci starred in such movies as Addams Family Values before making the transition to darker adult films, including The Opposite of Sex, The Ice Storm, Monster and Prozac Nation. For the latter film, which depicted a young woman struggling with depression during her first year at Harvard, the petite actress could draw from personal experience, having suffered from both anorexia and depression herself.
“Statistically, people with a history of eating disorders are more vulnerable to clinical depression. One of the underlying foundations for both is perfectionism,” Landau says. “Then, when you consider that we’re all preoccupied with body image in this culture, and you add being in a career where looks and weight are so closely monitored, it’s not surprising that actresses develop eating disorders and depression.”
Ricci overcame these problems with the help of a psychiatrist. “These are things you can’t always deal with alone, so I went to therapy,” she told the Independent in 2008. “Along the way, I discovered that you can choose to be happy. If you choose to let go of your self-consciousness and insecurities about physical appearance, then you’ll get to a place where you are present to see the world and enjoy yourself.”