Cole Sprouse Opens Up About Battling “Horrifying Social Anxiety”

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Lili Reinhart previously raved about Cole Sprouse‘s calming energy, but it’s clear that that wasn’t always the case for the Riverdale actor. The 25-year-old covered ASOS magazine‘s 100th issue and opened up about a lot, including the “horrifying social anxiety” he faced in the past.

As many fans know, Cole and his brother, Dylan, have been acting since they were very young, meaning they grew up on sets around adults. The former Disney Channel star says being raised on a soundstage is probably a big reason why he struggled a lot with social anxiety when he was younger, and while he doesn’t deal with it as much now, he knows how hard it is to overcome.

He explained, “I don’t have to deal with anxiety as much as I used to. It’s the scariest thing, but you have to look it right in the eye and understand it’s not going anywhere. Once I found a confidence in myself and how I interacted with the world around me, all of a sudden, people weren’t criticizing me the way they used to when I was consistently thinking about it.”

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CS knows exactly how hard it is to be a young Hollywood star, which is probably why his rumored girlfriend turns to him when she’s struggling with people constantly talking about her.

“[Cole] really brings us down to earth if we’re feeling like something we’ve said is being taken out of context,” Lili previously told Ocean Drive magazine. “He’s always the one to be like, ‘Just ignore it. It will blow over.’ It’s a nice, calming energy he has because you know that he’s been through it.”

The 21-year-old herself has also been very open about dealing with anxiety and depression, which she’s battled since she was young. The actress sees a therapist while she films Riverdale and takes medication to help balance her emotions.

She admitted to V Magazine earlier this year, “I’ve seen a therapist at different points in my life for different reasons. I’m not very good at stress management, and I have a very high-stress job, so it’s definitely convenient for me to see a therapist right now at this point in my life. I am on medication — I’ve talked about that before — just to help my anxiety, so I’m not depressed all the time.”