According to dailybeast, Adam Driver walked out on an interview earlier this month with Fresh Air host Terry Gross after expressing negatively at the idea of listening to a clip of him singing “Being Alive” from the musical Company. Adam Driver’s character sings the song in Noah Baumbach’s new Netflix film Marriage Story. Terry Gross’ team was aware of the fact that Adam Driver prefers not to listen to recordings of himself. He encouraged him to remove his headphones while any clips of himself played back.
Danny Miller, Fresh Air’s executive producer confirmed the fact that Driver left during a break in the interview while they were playing back a clip from the film. The star actor recorded his end of the interview from NPR’s New York studios while Terry Gross was in Fresh Air’s base at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia. Danny Miller said in an email that “We don’t really understand why he left, we were looking forward to the interview. Terry thinks he’s a terrific actor, he was a great guest when he was on Fresh Air in 2015 so we were disappointed that we didn’t have a new interview to share with our listeners about Marriage Story.”
While his sudden departure from this month’s chat may seem weird, Driver has regularly expressed displeasure with listening to or watching his own performances even on a prior Fresh Air interview in 2015. According to New York, Driver himself recalled feeling nauseous during a première of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and hiding out in a greenroom during a screening of BlacKkKlansmen. A lot of criticism stated that some say that Driver was only practicing self-care and prioritizing his well-being, others pointed out that it seemed weird the program did not opt to splice-in the recording in post-production given that Driver’s refusal to watch the clip himself has been noted. According to NBCNews, Driver, whose third and final “Star Wars” movie, “The Rise of Skywalker,” opens worldwide on Friday, is not the only actor who does not watch his own work. Maggie Smith, Angelina Jolie, Julianne Moore, Javier Bardem and Johnny Depp are among other actors who state they are not comfortable watching their past projects and actively avoid doing so. Dr. Jenny Williams who is a New York-based psychotherapist and former actor who works with creatives, said “actors face unique challenges and may have a difficult time grappling with fame, which is why finding coping mechanisms to bolster their mental and emotional health is important.”
One has to remember that Adam Driver is an ex-marine. In his countless interviews he has mentioned what he has experienced at Juilliard School after he left the Marines. It is speculated that it could be a result of his post-traumatic-stress-disorder and anxiety taking form. While speculators also noted that it is okay to thread easy with people from military backgrounds because most of them have anxiety or other forms of mental illnesses they are fighting with.