- 08 Jun 18
David Harbour has revealed that he's been in AA since his early 20s and also opened up about being diagnosed with bipolar.
The actor, who plays Chief Jim Hopper in the hit Netflix series, confessed: "Here’s the interesting thing – something I’ve never truly spoken about publicly. I was actually into this Catholicism thing… and I was sober for like a year and a half. I was 25, and I actually did have a manic episode. I was diagnosed as bipolar.”
Harbour revealed that his parents then ending up bringing him to a “mental asylum”.
During an interview with Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, he added: “I have one thing to say about the mental asylum. One is being in a mental asylum (is) really not as fun as you think it is. No, but you do have a romantic idea of it – [like] you’re a genius – and it just ends up being sad and smells like shit.
"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.”
Harbour also talked about how he has been taking medication now for a "long time" to deal with biploar.