Oct 24, 2022

Mental Health, Radical Self-Love and Healing Generational Trauma with Zachary Levi

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Hollywood, Mental Health, Self-Love, Self-Worth, Social Media, Trauma


This week I’m joined by one of the most versatile actors in Hollywood, Zachary Levi, with critically acclaimed roles in TV, film, and on Broadway. You may recognize him from his career catapulting role as Chuck Bartowski in the hit NBC series, Chuck, from his recurring role on Amazon Studios’ Emmy winning series, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, or from his recent roles in American Underdog, the Kurt Warner Story and the 2019 blockbuster hit, Shazam!.

In this episode we jam on the addictive nature of social media, the problems Hollywood and reality TV perpetuate, plus Zachary’s emotional journey through a lifetime of crippling anxiety and depression and how a breakdown led him to ultimately find joy, gratitude, self-love and acceptance.


  • The irony of social media and how it’s both one of the biggest contributors to mental illness today AND a useful platform for amplifying awareness for such conditions
  • The profit over people model of Hollywood and how it’s affecting the mental health of those working in the industry as well as viewers
  • How reality TV is modeling an unhealthy approach to relationships and body image
  • Zachary’s mental, emotional and spiritual breakdown and how it ultimately led him to find joy, gratitude, acceptance and purpose
  • The beautiful ripple effect that comes with doing the inner work, facing what you’re most afraid of and integrating your wounds

00:00 Intro

00:37 The irony of social media

02:02 Being a parent now

05:38 Is social media safe for kids?

10:02 Media is designed to be addictive

15:18 The problem with Hollywood & reality TV

22:30 Altering your appearance

29:51 Money is not the root of evil

33:16 The breakdown

46:34 Getting the role of Shazam

55:39 Healthy love not being modeled

1:03:44 Therapy