Starring in a psychological thriller like You can take a toll on an actor’s mental health. As the show returns for season three to captivate and creep out audiences around the world, the star of the show, Victoria Pedretti, shared how she regrounds herself when she’s feeling unmoored.
Pedretti’s character in Netflix’s hit You is dark, manipulative and impulsive. During a recent interview with The Cut, Pedretti displayed her self-awareness and sunny disposition, which feels in direct opposition to her character.
The 26-year-old star cited meditation and short dance sessions to “shake out the demons” as grounding techniques. When it’s all too much and those practices aren’t enough to remedy a situation, Pedretti said she removes herself completely. “I just step away from the things that make me feel like shit,” she told The Cut.
Pedretti said she checks in with herself often, taking inventory when she feels adrift. She admitted that she was once prone to being “extremely selfish” during past episodes of depression. “I don’t mean that with all the negative contexts of being selfish,” she clarified. “I mean it in that you are so involved with yourself that it is hard to see beyond that, and it’s hard to see other people.”
In another recent interview with Byrdie, Pedretti touched on the intricacies of playing such emotional roles, noting that she feels as though she’s messing with her nervous system. To even herself out, she feels “it’s really important that I meditate and find moments to figure out how to shed my work off of me.” She also told Byrdie that she does yoga, not necessarily to gain muscle, but because she wants to have the ability to access her body for years to come.
Pedretti said she’s also been working on facial massages as she puts her face to work quite a bit while acting. The culmination of these self-care habits has “a large effect” on her mental health. “I think working on our minds without working on our bodies is only doing half the work,” said Pedretti.