Description of the video:
[Music fades in, A CONVERSATION WITH, IU LOGOs, JESSE EISENBERG and a Jesse Eisenberg avatar appear, 3 cream and 2 crimson lines scroll vertically through screen then goes white]
[Jesse's avatar, JESSE EISENBERG, a film clapper board and pencil appear on screen]
Hi i'm Jesse Eisenberg. I'm an actor and a
I started acting when I was very young. [JESSE EISENBERG floats off screen, screen goes white]
[Animated school building slides on screen with students out front acting]
I was in a children's theater group it kind of
provided a really nice outlet for me. Going to [students fade away]
[zoom into the school doors and an alarm bell fades in and rings SFX:ringing and ANXIETY pulsates above alarm]
School was just this incredibly nerve-wracking experience i would dread it
i was just living in a perpetual state of anxiety. [Bell rotates and moves of screen right]
It's hard for me to exactly pinpoint what triggers this kind of
[an hand moves a "map of triggers" with Jesse's head and a line trailed with skulls leading to a red x with a treasure chest on it]
anxiety. But comes in moments when i'm supposed
to feel good about something [Treasure disappears and Jesse frowns] it just feels like an
[the skulls and map are replaced with and extension cord leading to the word Nerves and two lightning bolts] extension of normal nerves that you assume every
single person on the planet has [Jesse's head replaced by earth] but it can get
to a point where it does become such an imposition
in your life. That it really does require some kind of help.
[World shrinks and NERVES grow until the world is the head of a stick figure and the less than sign is pointed toward NERVES]
My profession both is a great inducer of
anxiety but also greatly cathartic.
[Film clapper board appears on screen and words *CLACK*appears]
On the one hand I have probably the only job in the world where
you're required to go on a set full of 100 people
[Hand places a camera and tripod on mid frame and a stick figure wearing a headset and holding a clipboard followed by two stick figures slide onto frame]
and scream and cry. That's unusual and that
could be really cathartic.
[camera & tripod go off screen and a smaller stick figure gets spotlighted. a speech bubble appears saying "I'll get you Superman!" Lights turn on and director calls "Cut!" and leaves screen]
But it's also causes a lot of anxiety because you're in the
public eye and scrutinized in an unnatural way
[Crew member asks "What's wrong with Superman?" Crew members fade out and world appears left of frame with an eyeball fade in and spotlights the lone stick figure]
seen by people you don't know.
about 15 years ago I mentioned something in an interview about being anxious
[A camera appears camera left and stick figure grows and fades into Jesse's Avatar saying "I get anxious"]
[two envelopes slide on screen][Envelopes fade out]
After that I got all these letters from people writing to me saying how helpful it was for
[Dear Jesse Eisenberg, I also get anxious! Best, Loving Fan]
them to hear me talk about that. [Envelope slides onto screen and fades to white]
and then I read something about a basketball player who said that
[a basketball fades in and nba logo hat appears on top of it]
he had terrible anxiety. So for me basketball
players are like you know the gods among men. [halo appears above basketball]
And when I read that that basketball player also
suffered from anxiety panic attacks before a game
[Background changes to textured red, podium and microphone appear in front of basketball and text bubble appears "I get anxious too!"]
[smoke reveals only a basketball going through a basketball goal] [a scoreboard showing HOME and ANXIETY in the 4 period score with one second, HOME gets 3 points at the 0 time] I just had the greatest sense of relief because I look at
[Jesse's Avatar appears wearing sunglasses on his eyes, the glasses grow and 2 Jesses appear in each lens]
basketball players the way some people might look at me. I mean it's such a cliche but I felt like not alone.
[3 Stick figures appear on screen, the sun drops down with THE CURE written on it]
The truth is I, probably like most people who kind of have these experiences,
there's probably not going to be one perfect way to get rid of it.
[a smoke bomb clears the screen]
However, I was volunteering at the
domestic violence shelter here and it reminded me
[A hand places the middle way house logo on screen]
[Jesse's avatar replaces logo and his hat fades out]
that kind of getting outside yourself and
helping other people really does work.
[A stick figure helping another one up appears above Jesse's open head]
[Thumbs up icon rises out of Jesse]
Kind of just releases the pressure on that secondary
punishment you know that guilt you might feel for
[GUILT rises from Jesse]
worrying about yourself to begin with.
[GUILT dissolves out] [Jesse's hat fades back in]
So that's what's been really helpful for me.
[Indiana map replaces Jesse's icon and a location icon appears on it]
Bloomington is the perfect place to get out of your own head
by helping others. There are so many opportunities
[Middle way house banner appears and middlewayhouse.org appears underneath]
in this city to help other people and to me that
is the silver bullet of solving
a lot of anxiety.
[Grahpics cut to Jesse Eisenberg sitting on a couch at IU Studios office.]
[Screen fades to black, IU logo, INDIANA UNIVERSITY, research.iu.edu fade on and fade out, music fades]