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The show will debut two months after Winfrey’s bombshell CBS interview with the Sussexes, during which the royals spoke frankly about their struggles with mental health after being subjected to racism and hostile press scrutiny as well as the pressures of their roles.
Co-created and executive produced by Winfrey and the Duke of Sussex, the multipart documentary explores issues of mental health and emotional wellbeing by focusing on the personal stories of high-profile people.
The series will feature stars such as Lady Gaga, Glenn Close and NBA veterans DeMar DeRozan and Langston Galloway open up about their struggles with mental health. Mental health advocate and speaker Zak Williams, Olympic boxer Virginia “Ginny” Fuchs, celebrity chef Rashad Armstead are also among the people set to feature.
The Me You Can’t See producers partnered with 14 accredited and respected mental health experts and organizations from around the world to help shed light on different pathways to treatment.
The series is directed and executive produced by Emmy-winner Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army, John Lewis: Good Trouble) and Oscar-winning documentarian Asif Kapadia (Amy, Senna, Diego Maradona). Alex Browne is serving as showrunner.
“Now more than ever, there is an immediate need to replace the shame surrounding mental health with wisdom, compassion, and honesty,” said Oprah Winfrey in a statement. “Our series aims to spark that global conversation.”
“We are born into different lives, brought up in different environments, and as a result are exposed to different experiences. But our shared experience is that we are all human,” said Prince Harry. “The majority of us carry some form of unresolved trauma, loss, or grief, which feels—and is—very personal. Yet the last year has shown us that we are all in this together, and my hope is that this series will show there is power in vulnerability, connection in empathy, and strength in honesty.”
The docuseries will become part of Winfrey’s burgeoning portfolio of content on Apple TV+, which includes the series The Oprah Conversation, Oprah Talks COVID-19 and Oprah’s Book Club.
The Me You Can’t See is also executive produced by Harpo Productions’ Terry Wood and Catherine Cyr and RadicalMedia’s Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick. The series is produced by Jen Isaacson and Nell Constantinople.
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