Naked Hugh Sheridan on Canceled and Mental Health Issues

Hugh Sheridan has stripped down to nothing more than a silk robe for the cover of Good Weekend magazine.

The spicy photo shoot was accompanied by an interview with the 36-year-old actor, who opened last year about being ‘cancelled’ by transgender activists.

Hugh posted the cover image to Instagram and also shared a lengthy caption about his battle with mental health.

All bare: Hugh Sheridan has stripped down to nothing more than a silk robe for the cover of Good Weekend magazine

Mental health is only part of a brilliantly lived life. I will remain open and talk about, normalize and in turn focus on the awareness of myself and others,” he wrote.

“In case you looked at the photo and thought this piece was about Hedwig, it’s not, it’s about mental health. Finding ‘health’ in the process of people canceling other people without notice or inquiry about their individual needs, feelings, or pursuits.”

He apologized to his friends and followers for not opening up earlier about the “dark time” he had last year after being canceled.

In the article, Hugh revealed that he was driven to suicide after being targeted by transgender activists, leading to serious trolling online.

Open: The racy photo shoot was accompanied by an interview with the 36-year-old actor, who opened last year about being 'cancelled' by transgender activists

Open: The racy photo shoot was accompanied by an interview with the 36-year-old actor, who opened last year about being ‘cancelled’ by transgender activists

The backlash began after the Packed to the Rafters star accepted the lead role in the musical play Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

The story revolves around Hedwig, a genderqueer punk singer from Germany who falls in love with an American soldier.

Hedwig undergoes gender reassignment surgery to become a woman before going to the US with their lover, but the operation fails and the soldier goes home alone.

Developed into a 2001 film, the musical has gained cult status over the years and has been performed on Broadway and in London’s West End.

Trolled: Hugh revealed he was driven to suicide after being targeted by transgender activists last year for his casting in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Trolled: Hugh revealed he was driven to suicide after being targeted by transgender activists last year for his casting in Hedwig and the Angry Inch

When Hugh was announced to star in the Sydney version early last year, he was immediately criticized by members of the LGBTQI+ community, who demanded the role go to a transgender actor.

Four transgender activists had written an open letter demanding that he be kicked out of the musical, leading to the actor being trolled on social media with “horrific messages.”

The letter, signed by more than 1,700 people, said Sheridan’s casting was “offensive and harmful to the trans community” and caused “real stress” among members of the trans community.

The letter received so much media attention that Hedwig’s American creators, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask, issued a statement that Hedwig was not transgender and that anyone could play the part.

Canceled: The 36-year-old actor also criticized the cancellation culture while discussing the ordeal after transgender activists let the musical canned last year

Canceled: The 36-year-old actor also criticized the cancellation culture while discussing the ordeal after transgender activists let the musical canned last year

It wasn’t enough to quell the resistance, though, as the musical’s Australian producers ultimately sided with the activists and canceled the show altogether.

The cancellation resulted in the entire cast and crew, including a trans woman and Indigenous singer Casey Donovan, all losing their jobs.

Hugh was labeled “transphobic” by trolls on social media and backlash grew when he responded to one of the transgender activists in his DMs, calling them “insane.”

The person then posted the private message to his own Instagram account, trolling Hugh even further.

Backlash: When Hugh was announced to star in the Sydney version early last year, he got an immediate response from members of the LGBTQI+ community, who demanded the role go to a transgender actor

Backlash: When Hugh was announced to star in the Sydney version early last year, he got an immediate response from members of the LGBTQI+ community, who demanded the role go to a transgender actor

“I went to a very, very dark place,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald, before revealing that he had committed suicide twice during the ordeal.

“You can’t support the cancellation culture if you care about people’s mental health,” he continued.

‘Companies that cut down forests – cut them down. People with bizarre right-wing views – go for it. But people who are your allies? How can you crush someone’s creativity and self-expression because I didn’t come out as trans?’

One of the activists behind the letter, Zoe Terakes, declined to be interviewed for the Sydney Morning Herald story, despite leading the movement to remove Hugh from the musical.

Zoe, who identifies as a “trans masc nonbinary guy” and uses the pronouns, posted the open letter to the producers of Sheridan and Hedwig last November.

'Open Letter': Trans activist and actor Zoe Terakes posted the open letter to the producers of Sheridan and Hedwig last November

‘Open Letter’: Trans activist and actor Zoe Terakes posted the open letter to the producers of Sheridan and Hedwig last November

Days later, Zoe shared a celebratory post on their Instagram account after Hedwig was cancelled.

“My tears and gratitude make me proud to say we did something,” Zoe gushed.

“Still waiting for a personal response/apology from @hugh_sheridan for the way he has addressed transgender people over the past 48 hours.”

Hugh sought mental health care at Prince of Wales Hospital in November following the musical’s cancellation.

“I literally woke up in the hospital and couldn’t remember how I got there and the doctors told me I had an anxiety attack,” he told Sam Armytage in March.

Earlier this year, Zoe targeted a public women’s pool in Coogee, calling her “transphobic” for allowing only transgender women who’d had gender reassignment surgery to swim there.

Zoe tagged the Randwick City Council and urged their followers to get in touch with the council to make their policies more ‘trans-inclusive’.

Unemployed: The cancellation resulted in the entire cast and crew, including a trans woman and native singer Casey Donovan (pictured), all losing their jobs

Unemployed: The cancellation resulted in the entire cast and crew, including a trans woman and native singer Casey Donovan (pictured), all losing their jobs

According to Zoe’s demands, anyone who identifies as a transgender woman, regardless of whether they have undergone gender reassignment surgery, should be allowed to swim in the women’s area.

‘Hey. Did you know that the Coogee women’s baths are transphobic? We will. Now you do,” Zoe wrote on Instagram at the time.

“They have posted ‘A Safe Place for All Women’ on their website, but IN THE SAME BREATH ON THE SAME WEBSITE that they wrote, ‘only transgender women who have undergone gender reassignment surgery have access.’

“Maybe they can pay each trans woman’s $30,000 surgery upon entry? This shit is violent. This shit is why trans women suicide and homicide rates are so high, and why their life expectancy is so low. It’s all connected.’

Outside of their activism, Zoe is a well-known actor best known for his role in Wentworth and Nine Perfect Strangers.

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“I’m proud to say we did something!” Zoe shared a celebratory post on their Instagram account after Hedwig was cancelled

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