Sofia Wylie has been in the spotlight since she was little, starting dancing at just 5 years old. But her career has really taken off in recent years, as she’s made guest appearances on shows like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and starred in hit Disney series like ‘Andi Mack’ and ‘High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”. “
Like many child stars, the actor says the entertainment industry hasn’t made it easy for him. “Being in the entertainment industry comes with phenomenal ups and downs. There is so much value placed on success rather than the state and protection of mental health and well-being,” said Wylie told POPSUGAR when chatting about her new role in Kate Spade’s Social. Impact Council.
“Growing up in this industry, I had times where I had mental health issues, accepting myself and feeling like I belonged or belonged, and I think most people can relate to that” , said Wylie.
The actress previously opened up to POPSUGAR about her battle with impostor syndrome, explaining that no matter the project or how eager she was to do it, there always seems to be a twinge in her mind. . “For a lot of my life, and with different projects that I’m doing, I’ll always go into it, and I’m so excited to be here. But I’m also like, ‘How did I get here?’ I feel out of place because all of these people are so talented, or they’re so beautiful, or they’re so amazing, or so accomplished,” she told POPSUGAR in October 2022.
She has also spoken publicly about her sensory overload issues. “There’s this stigma that if you have mental health issues you should be embarrassed about it or try to hide it. But when I was younger I would actually have these sensory overloads where if I went to the restaurant with my family and the music was loud or people were talking, I would kinda freak out,” Wylie said during a video posted on Twitter. She never knew how to explain her condition to her friends and often ended up feeling ashamed. “But once I started talking about it, I realized it’s not something I should be embarrassed about. It’s just the way my brain works,” Wylie told his followers on Twitter.
“I had an unusual life growing up on set. But I think I’m like any other girl growing up in the world of social media where people you don’t even know may have opinions about you.”
By joining the Social Impact Council, the ‘School For Good and Evil’ star says she hopes to help other people, especially young girls, calm their negative self-talk. “I had an unusual life growing up on set. But I think I’m like any other girl growing up in the world of social media where people you don’t even know may have opinions about you,” Wylie said.
By leaning on her family and learning to communicate openly when she’s feeling down, Wylie says she’s been able to stop herself from succumbing to those whirlwind thoughts. “I know sometimes you can get lost in your own mind, so checking in with others is so important!” Wylie said.
As part of her new role with the Social Impact Council, Wylie will partner with its founding members, including Taraji P. Henson, Catherine Tinsley and Latham Thomas, to find new ways to advocate for mental health resources for women. and girls around the world. Some of the brand’s partnerships for 2023 include Black Girls Smile Inc., Abahizi Rwanda, Girls Inc. of New York, National Council for Mental Wellbeing and The Trevor Project.
“I want to live in a world where mental health and emotional well-being are at the forefront of our priorities, and I believe that together with Kate Spade and the Social Impact Council, we have the opportunity to make a difference,” said Wylie said. POPSUGAR.
The actor is among the youngest on the board at just 19, but she sees his age as an asset. “I really want to give real life experiences to people I come in contact with – I’m not an expert, I’m just someone who has had similar experiences to others my age,” he said. Wylie said.
She believes authenticity is key – and in continuing to share her experiences, Wylie says she hopes others her age will realize they are not alone: ”I want to share my story of all the ups and downs.”