Zach Braff says therapy has been a lifesaver for him.
“I’ve been in therapy on and off my whole life,” the actor, 47, exclusively told Page Six this week at a Paley Center for Media screening of Apple+’s new series “Shrinking.”
“It’s definitely changed my life and helped me through some really tough times when I’ve had to deal with grief and rough patches.”
The show, which stars Jason Segel, follows a shrink who begins to break the rules by telling his patients exactly what he thinks. The comedy series was co-created by Segel, “Ted Lasso” star Brett Goldstein and TV producer Bill Lawrence, who also produced “Scrubs.”
“I think that’s one of the wonderful things about this show,” Braff, who directed episodes of the new show, added, “it’s sort of a PR campaign for the whole industry. It’s showing how it can help people’s lives.”
The “Garden State” actor also revealed that therapy really helped him when he was dealing with the death of his best friend Nick Cordero, who died of COVID, at age 41, in July 2020.
Following the Broadway performer’s passing, Braff shared an emotional message on social media.
“The last thing he ever texted me was to look out for his wife and one year old son, Elvis,” he posted to Instagram. “I promise the world they will never want for anything. I feel so incredibly grateful I got to have Nick Cordero enter my life.”
Braff even got a tattoo of Cordero dancing in a suit and hat, reminiscent of his costume for the 2014 Broadway musical “Bullets over Broadway” in which they both starred.
“That was very rough for me,” the actor shared about Cordero’s passing. “And I couldn’t have done it without friends and therapy and family and all the things this show is about.”
Also at the screening were the show’s stars Jason Segel, Michael Urie, Jessica Williams, Christa Miller and Brett Goldstein.