'Shrinking' star Jason Segel opens up about his own mental health with Conan O'Brien: Listen now

'Everyone’s got there stuff, mine’s not bad by any means'
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On a new episode of Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend, Jason Segel sits down with Conan to chat about the real-life inspiration behind Forgetting Sarah Marshall, joke texts from Anthony Hopkins, his new TV series Shrinking, plus Jason opens up about his own mental health.

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Known for making people laugh, and being everyone’s best friend, thanks in large part to his 10-year-role as Marshall on How I Met You’re Mother, and “playing Paul Rudd’s best friend,” in various different projects, Jason knows that outwardly he’s generally viewed as relatable and having happy demeanor. But as he admitted to Conan, it doesn’t come as easily as some might think. “Personally I have to work a little bit hard at happiness, like internally,” Jason shared, “and so that manifests outwardly.” Adding, “I wake up and have to work a little harder to get to zero, and then I push it a little past.”

Jason went on to share a story about a note he wrote when he was a little kid that “in little kid chicken scrawl” read, “now I know that no one likes me,” signed “Hate, Jason.” Unsure where such thoughts came from at such a young age, Segel suggested, “I assume emotional dysmorphia.” But at Jason said, “everyone’s got there stuff, mine’s not bad by any means.”

To hear the whole conversation listen to the entire episode above.

After 25 years at the Late Night desk, Conan realized that the only people at his holiday party are the men and women who work for him. Over the years and despite thousands of interviews, Conan has never made a real and lasting friendship with any of his celebrity guests. So, he started a podcast to do just that. Deeper, unboundedly playful, and free from FCC regulations, Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend is a weekly opportunity for Conan to hang out with the people he enjoys most and perhaps find some real friendship along the way.

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