Dan Levy reveals he had to wear a neck brace while filming Schitt's Creek due to severe anxiety


‘I couldn’t move it!’ Dan Levy reveals he had to wear a neck brace while filming Schitt’s Creek due to severe anxiety and needed an acupuncturist and a chiropractor on set every day


He wrote, starred in, produced and co-created the hugely popular comedy series. 

And in the December/January issue of British GQ, Dan Levy has revealed that he had to wear a neck brace while filming Schitt’s Creek due to severe anxiety, and needed an acupuncturist and a chiropractor on set every day.  

The Canadian actor, 38, also opened up about the project he is currently working on: a romcom that tells a gay love story, admitting that he feels: ‘excited and honoured’ to have the opportunity.

Ouch! Dan Levy has revealed to GQ that he had to wear a neck brace while filming Schitt's Creek due to severe anxiety, and needed an acupuncturist and a chiropractor on set every day

Ouch! Dan Levy has revealed to GQ that he had to wear a neck brace while filming Schitt’s Creek due to severe anxiety, and needed an acupuncturist and a chiropractor on set every day

By the sixth – and final – series of Schitt’s Creek, Dan’s stress levels were so extreme that he had to wear a neck brace. 

He told the publication: ‘Because the anxiety in my neck was so bad I couldn’t move it.

‘At one point there was an acupuncturist and a chiropractor coming to set every day at lunch to work on my neck so that I could actually perform and not, you know, look like I needed a neck brace.’ 

HonoureD: The actor also opened up about working on a romcom that tells a gay love story, admitting that he feels: 'excited and honoured' to have the opportunity

HonoureD: The actor also opened up about working on a romcom that tells a gay love story, admitting that he feels: ‘excited and honoured’ to have the opportunity

The multi-talented star also spoke with enthusiasm about writing a romcom that tells a gay love story.

He said: ‘I’ve always wanted to make [a romcom]. I’ve always wanted to be in one. And as a gay person, you don’t ever get that kind of opportunity.

‘You get to play the zany friend or Pepe the coworker. So I’m really excited and honoured to have that opportunity: to put a gay person front and centre in a romcom.’

Read more: See the full feature in the GQ Heroes issue available via digital download and on newsstands Friday 5th November

Read more: See the full feature in the GQ Heroes issue available via digital download and on newsstands Friday 5th November

Elsewhere, Dan touched on the legacy Schitt’s Creek has left for the LGBTQ+ kids, admitting: ‘Wishing I had something like it as a kid, hoping it would be some kind of comfort for me growing up…

‘It’s an incredibly emotional experience to know that I’ve done something that has helped, you know, lighten the load, or helped change the conversation within a family, or made someone feel empowered, because growing up that’s all I feel like I hoped for.’ 

The actor also detailed his experience with private school, stating that he believes there is ‘a real sadness to hyper-privileged people’ and confessing that it influenced his entire life.

He said: ‘I really didn’t like it. These kids were so overindulged that nothing resonated with them. They had actually become immune to experience.

‘And money, in an attempt to adhere some sort of cohesion to the family dynamic, ended up stripping everyone of passion.’ There is, he thinks,

It was an experience, he says, ‘that went on to influence my whole life. A combination of reality TV and having grown up observing these people.’ 

See the full feature in the GQ Heroes issue available via digital download and on newsstands Friday 5th November. 

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