Lexi Underwood Talks Mental Health, Playing Malia Obama in “The First Lady” Showtimes
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In honor of World Mental Health Day on Sunday and International Girls’ Day on Monday, the actress sat down with theGrio to talk about her relationship with mental health and even previewed her upcoming role as Malia Obama in showtimes of the upcoming series The First Lady.
In just a year and a half, Underwood has become one of the biggest faces in “Young Hollywood”. The actress took the world by storm by acting Kerry Washington Daughter in the celebrated Hulu Series, Little Fires Everywhere. Her journey to stardom, which premiered right at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, has been an unconventional one, with a lot more time to herself than most new teen stars experience.
Time alone, Underwood revealed, has played a special role in understanding her own relationship with mental health.
Lexi Underwood attends DiscOasis VIP Night at the South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes Estates, California on July 21, 2021. (Photo by Amy Sussman / Getty Images)
“It was very interesting to navigate when things fall during COVID,” she explained. “You’re trying to find that balance between being happy, but then you have nowhere to go, and now you’re dealing with this new reality. For me, I actually had to spend a lot of time outside of social media … I was so overwhelmed. “
She added, “I wanted to take as much of the power as possible and tap into myself.”
Her own differentiated view of mental health makes her partnership with the non-profit 4-H a special one. The mission of 4-H, the largest youth development organization in the United States, is to provide equal access to mental health opportunities for all young people.
Underwood told theGrio how this union started: “I admire the work 4-H is doing, especially with Gen-Z and mental health. I was very honored when they reached out and asked me to take part in this conversation because I am passionate about mental health and I think these conversations, having them with their peers and normalizing them within our age group, are so important are .”
And how exactly does Underwood keep it stable? The actress credits meditation, yoga, and journaling.
“I think it’s incredibly important to be responsive to your feelings and emotions on a daily basis,” she shared.
Therapy helped Underwood stay, and it emphasized the importance of having someone to talk to outside of family and friends.
“I started seeing a therapist during the pandemic, and I still do … it’s just so important to have someone outside of your family and friends to talk to. I use these tools and this time to really ground myself. [Little Fires Everywhere] was such a big moment, but I still had to check myself in with myself right now to make sure I was okay, ”she said.
Lexi Underwood attends the Hulu Little Fires Everywhere Press Brunch at ROSS HOUSE on February 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Erik Voake / Getty Images for Hulu)
As is so often the case with actors and roles, the timing is downright perfect for Underwood’s next appearance as Obama, the one during her dad Barack Obamas Administration, was one of the most famous teenagers in the world.
“Yes, Malia’s last name is Obama and she was part of the first black first family we ever had, but that doesn’t necessarily change anything,” said Underwood. “Malia is still human. As you read the script and go through the process, you only see one young person trying to find their way around this world. That’s exactly how I feel and I know that my colleagues feel the same way. “
“I really got to see another side of myself,” she continued. “Since I’m from Washington DC, I picked up a younger Lexi who lived in DC. Malia’s story of using her voice and platform while in the house is just so exciting to watch. “
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