The folks over at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) had the opportunity to both get a sneak peek at the new Jodie Foster movie, The Beaver, and talk with the Academy Award-winning actress about the upcoming film.

The Beaver, which Foster both directs and stars in with Mel Gibson (not something everyone is happy about) is described as a comedy-drama that explores one man’s life with depression and how his mental illness impacts his family.

Foster talks with Katrina Gay, NAMI’s Communications Director, about why she was drawn to undertake The Beaver, and explains:

Depression is a part of all of our lives. Everyone has experience with it either in their own families or with friends. I had a lot of personal connection to this topic.

For the full piece, head on over to Ruminating Spirit: Jodie Foster on Depression, Healing and the Human Condition. Also, The Hollywood Reporter has the film’s official trailer.

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