Alan Ritchson Reflects on Surviving Se---- Assault and Suicide Attempt

Alan Ritchson opens up about his darkest moments.

by Nouman Rasool
Alan Ritchson Reflects on Surviving Se---- Assault and Suicide Attempt
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Alan Ritchson, an acclaimed actor with a resume that spans notable roles in "Blue Mountain State," "Smallville," "Black Mirror," and the leading role in Prime Video's "Reacher," recently opened up in an emotionally charged interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

Ritchson shared a deeply personal account of his battle with mental health issues, precipitated by a series of se---- assaults that led him to a dark place of despair. In a candid revelation, Ritchson recounted a harrowing moment in the attic of his Encino, California, home where he tried to end his life using a green extension cord.

The quick spiral into this moment of desperation was halted by an envisioned intervention from his sons—Calem, Edan, and Amory—who, in his mind's eye, implored him to choose life. This powerful vision prompted Ritchson to seek immediate help, ultimately leading to the diagnosis of bipolar disorder at 36, and later, ADHD.

Modeling's Dark Underbelly

The roots of Ritchson's trauma trace back to his days in the modeling industry, a realm he equates with "legalized se- trafficking" due to its lack of regulation and rampant exploitation. The actor detailed numerous occasions where job opportunities were dangled in exchange for enduring se--- abuse—a grim reality that left him "broken." One particularly distressing encounter with a renowned photographer, under the guise of a lucrative job offer, resulted in se---- assault and cemented Ritchson's decision to exit the modeling industry.

However, transitioning into television and film did not shield him from harm. Ritchson disclosed a disturbing incident involving a business partner in the film industry who threatened to tarnish his reputation and destroy their joint business venture unless he complied with her demands.

Amidst these trials, Ritchson sought refuge in his family and professional help. Regular sessions with his psychiatrist have been crucial in navigating his mental health struggles. Beyond personal healing, Ritchson has found purpose in sharing his experiences, hoping to foster a broader conversation about mental health and the predatory nature of certain industries.