May 29, 2023

Brittany Snow and Jaspre Visitor’s HarperCollins ebook September Letters: Discovering Power and Connection in Sharing Our Tales is Hen Soup for the Soul for a brand new era. A set of inspirational essays and mantras, the brand new tome is an extension of the duo’s on-line psychological well being platform, which launched in 2020 and options soul-affirming content material submitted by (typically nameless) writers within the type of letters as a method of free remedy.

“We wished to construct a spot that was protected, the place folks may really feel linked,” Visitor says of It’s overseen by editorial director Stacey Lindsay, who has developed the platform to incorporate profiles, tales exploring happiness and extra psychological well being assets.

Just like the September Letters web site, Snow and Visitor’s new ebook is a love letter to these searching for recommendation, inspiration and neighborhood, and it contains conversations with psychological well being consultants similar to David Kessler, Gretchen Rubin, Mark Epstein and Jay Shetty. “We spent nearly 9 months doing again to again Zooms with consultants. I felt like I went to a psychological well being college,” Visitor says of writing it. “It was necessary to us that there are some tangible, straightforward takeaways and workouts within the ebook.”

Snow additionally requested well-known buddies like Anna Camp and Child Cudi to contribute. “I’m unhealthy at asking for favors,” Snow says, laughing. “It makes me sizzling and anxious. I hate it.” However to Snow’s shock, her buddies embraced the train, every revealing deeply private experiences. “They got here again with these unimaginable letters from their soul,” Snow says. “They have been doing it at first as a favor, however it was a therapeutic train that they received rather a lot out of.” Actress and dancer Maddie Ziegler, as an example, discusses why she’s embraced going to remedy; Maria Menounos, who just lately revealed that she survived pancreatic most cancers, writes about how her well being challenges modified her perspective on life; and Jordana Brewster discusses overcoming her intuition to be a folks pleaser.

The pair’s new ebook.

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The September Letters challenge was impressed by a life-altering expertise Snow had rising up whereas navigating the complexities of self-harm. “After I was an adolescent, I discovered an article in {a magazine},” Snow explains. “It was the primary time that I put phrases and emotions to one thing that I used to be going by way of. I heard my story in her phrases, and I ripped out that article and I stored it in my again pocket for months as an emblem of hope that there was somebody who had overcome what I used to be going by way of.”

Snow was met with a full-circle shock in her early 20s. “A few years later, I did an article for {a magazine} the place I talked about how that article had helped me and the way I’d gotten higher,” she remembers. “I went to a espresso store and there was a woman standing in line and he or she rotated and he or she was crying. She had my article in her again pocket. This second modified my life.”

Snow has lengthy been open about her struggles with anxiousness and melancholy. “As an adolescent, there was this mantra that I stored saying to myself,” says Snow, “and I nonetheless do it now after I undergo one thing exhausting: ‘You’re going to get by way of this. There’s a purpose this issues.’ It stored me going.”

Longtime pal Visitor inspired Snow to additional pay her experiences ahead with the launch of September Letters. “I bear in mind telling that story to Jaspre,” Snow remembers, “and he or she mentioned, ‘You need to begin one thing. I’ll enable you to and we’ll do it collectively.’ She formulated this plan.”

As for Visitor and Snow’s meet-cute, the chums turned collaborators first linked years in the past at an occasion the place Visitor was the publicist.

“We had an prompt bond,” Visitor says.

“We bonded over Champagne,” Snow jokes.

“Now we’re going to get a Champagne sponsor,” Visitor teases again.

Till that occurs, there’s espresso: September Letters has partnered with La La Land Variety Café at The Grove the place for the month of Could, clients can be provided a Submit-It Observe to share encouraging phrases on their espresso store’s wall. “Submit-It notes make us deliriously completely satisfied,” Visitor says. “In a psychotic method.”

They’ve additionally created the limited-edition September Letters Latte, a cotton-candy milk tea latte with butterfly cream clouds, benefiting the Psychological Well being Coalition, which offers folks entry to psychological well being assets. Moreover, Snow and Visitor can be internet hosting a ebook signing and dialog with The Discuss co-host Amanda Kloots at The Grove on Could 25.

Snow additionally just lately co-wrote and directed her first function movie, Parachute, which debuted at SXSW this yr. The romantic drama follows a woman who returns from rehab after combating an consuming dysfunction and physique dysmorphia. (In her assessment of Parachute, which stars Courtney Eaton and Thomas Mann, THR critic Leslie Felperin referred to as the movie an “astute, impressively sincere portrait of an advanced relationship.”)

Courtney Eaton, Brittany Snow and Thomas Mann on the premiere of Parachute at SWSX.

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“I knew that this story wanted to be advised as a result of I went by way of one thing related after I was in my early twenties,” Snow says. “Essentially the most altruistic type of love is when somebody realizes that they love you adequate to go away you — to allow you to go — as a result of they’d moderately see you be mentally effectively. I hadn’t seen that film but and I wished a film to inform me that it was going to be okay as a result of that was my type of remedy after I was going by way of it.”

Snow created the movie throughout COVID. “It was an exquisite time,” she sys. “I crash coursed with 5 films a day and studying all of the books and doing all of the analysis.” Whereas she by no means got down to be a director, Snow mentioned she will see herself directing “much more” sooner or later. “I didn’t suppose I’d catch that bug however I like collaboration and using magical, proficient folks,” she says.

Snow and Visitor have huge plans for the way forward for September Letters and hope to develop a docu-series based mostly on their ebook. “Jaspre and I’ve been calling them ‘residing letters,’ the place individuals are speaking about their story and we are able to see their story by way of their eyes,” Snow says. “Selena Gomez had an ideal [film, My Mind and Me] that got here out just lately and thank gosh for that. … However we additionally want folks not in Hollywood speaking about their tales. They’re simply as necessary and should be showcased. The extra that individuals are open and sincere with their tales, the extra folks will understand they’re not alone. There’s a solution and there may be hope.”

A model of this story first appeared within the Could 17 difficulty of The Hollywood Reporter journal. Click on right here to subscribe.