An actor who’s a regular on a popular drama series opened up about his struggles with mental illness, which included being committed to a mental asylum. David Harbour, who plays Hawkins Police Chief Jim Hopper on “Stranger Things,” made the revelations on an episode of Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast released today.
The New York Post’s Page Six quotes Harbour, 43, saying: “I have a capacity to see ‘the elves’ in the corners of the room if I really allow myself to go there. Yeah. so I was actually — by my parents — taken into a mental asylum.”
Harbour, who was eventually treated for bipolar disorder, also offered this intriguing quote: “I have one thing to say about the mental asylum: I’ve romanticized two things in my life and both have fallen short. One is being in a mental asylum. Really not as fun as you think it is. You do have a romantic idea of it — [like] ‘you’re a genius’ — and it just ends up being sad and smells like s–t. And the other thing was boating. I just recently went out on a ship in open water and I’d read ‘Moby Dick’ a million times and it really is not as sexy. It’s very similar to the mental asylum experience.”