Julie Andrews Bravely Admits This Saved Her Life

Fans of Shonda Rhimes epic dramas are excited about her Netflix deal. The creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder signed a deal with the streaming service to create multiple new shows. 

The first one has been announced, and fans couldn’t be more pleased with the cast. Julie Andrews will be narrating the new drama. While we’re not yet sure what it will be called, it’s based on a series of books called The Bridgerton Novels. 

Julie Andrews will be in Shonda Rhime’s first Netflix show 

Julie Andrews attends the Build Series to discuss "Home Work: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years" at Build Studio.
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Fans are psyched to see a legend like Andrews pair up with Rhimes. Her shows are fan favorites. Adding the Sound of Music star will only draw even more viewers. Plus, for Andrews to have signed on, she must have seen something she liked in the script. 

Andrews is known for her musical performances. She commands the stage and has a lot of range. She’s played all kinds of characters. Considering her roles are often upbeat, like the famous Mary Poppins, it might surprise fans to know that Andrews has struggled.

Julie Andrews battled depression

After divorcing her husband in the 1960s, Andrews found herself in a funk she just couldn’t shake. She describes how her mind felt too crowded, saying “the marriage was over and my head was so full of clutter and garbage.” It’s a feeling a lot of us can relate to.

Luckily, Andrews had friends who recommended therapy. It helped her clear her mind, and continue her career and her life as the person she really wanted to be. She says it saved her life. 

At the time, it wasn’t as socially acceptable as it is now. She told Stephen Colbert in a recent interview that she’s glad that’s changed, and she wishes everyone would go to therapy to improve their mental well-being

“I think everybody knows the great work it can do,” said Andrews. “And anybody that is lucky enough to have it, afford it and take advantage of it, I think it would be wonderful.”

Julie Andrews struggled with fame

In her new book, “Homework: A Memoir of My Hollywood Years,” Andrews talks about being overwhelmed by her burgeoning career in the 1960s. She was in three major films all in a row, and later was nominated for and won an Oscar, all in quick succession.

While Andrews is happy that her career unfolded the way it did, it wasn’t easy to be launched into the limelight. She was busy acting and wasn’t prepared for the amount of scrutiny her successful career would bring her. 

Her book contains stories of “times of sadness and many things like that.” Andrews did not want to hold back or sugarcoat the reality of her emotional and mental well-being. As she sees it: “If I’m going to write a memoir, I might as well be frank as much as I can.”

Even though Andrews went to a professional for therapy, it sounds like writing her memoir might have been quite cathartic. She wrote the book with her daughter, and to hear her describe the experience it almost sounds like its own form of therapy. She said: “It was painful, funny, we wept at times, we laughed our heads off, we drank endless cups of tea.”

Andrews wants to help others by being open about her mental health. She hopes that if people know she got therapy, they’ll be quicker to get it themselves. At 84 years old, her career is as successful as ever, and she’s doing her part to help us all be better.