Original Blue’s Clues host Steve Burns battled ‘severe clinical depression’ during filming

With his highly anticipated return to Blues Clues with the new Paramount Plus movie Blue’s Big City Adventures, Steve Burns is opening up about his depression in the original series.

Burns, 49, was brought out of obscurity to host the beloved Nickelodeon series, which debuted in 1996, before leaving after 100 episodes in 2001.

The actor opened up about how really depressed he was while filming the show, in a new interview with Variety.

Opening: With his highly anticipated return to Blues Clues with the new Paramount Plus film Blue’s Big City Adventures, Steve Burns opens up about his depression in the original series

Host: Burns, 49, was brought out of obscurity to host the beloved Nickelodeon series, which debuted in 1996, before leaving after 100 episodes in 2001

Host: Burns, 49, was brought out of obscurity to host the beloved Nickelodeon series, which debuted in 1996, before leaving after 100 episodes in 2001

Burns landed the gig when he was just 22, after moving to New York to try and be a “serious” actor.

“But I have to say, even in the first audition, there was one thing that I loved: this idea of ​​talking to the camera, like a Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton thing,” he said.

“I thought the interactivity was really revolutionary. I used to call it “The Rocky Horror Children’s Show”. But yeah, the character wasn’t what any 22-year-old would have wanted,’ Burns admitted.

Gig: Burns landed the gig when he was just 22, after moving to New York to try his hand at being an actor

Gig: Burns landed the gig when he was just 22, after moving to New York to try and be a ‘serious’ actor

Idea:

Idea: “But I have to say that even in the first audition, there was one thing that I liked: this idea of ​​talking to the camera, like a Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton thing,” he said .

His departure in 2001 shocked fans, and while one reason was that at 29 he was starting to lose his hair and didn’t want to wear a wig, another was simply, “I wasn’t going to be a boy”.

“I didn’t know it yet, but I was the happiest depressed person in North America. I struggled with severe clinical depression the whole time I was on that show,’ he said. -he declares.

“It was my job to be utterly and completely full of joy and wonder at all times, and that became impossible,” Burns admitted.

Departure: His departure in 2001 shocked fans, and while one reason was, at 29, that he was starting to lose his hair and no longer wanted to wear a wig, another was, simply, 'I don't was going to be a boy no more '

Departure: His departure in 2001 shocked fans, and while one reason was, at 29, that he was starting to lose his hair and no longer wanted to wear a wig, another was, simply, ‘I don’t was going to be a boy no more ‘

Depressed: “I didn't know it yet, but I was the happiest depressed person in North America.  I struggled with severe clinical depression the whole time I was on that show,' he said.

Depressed: “I didn’t know it yet, but I was the happiest depressed person in North America. I struggled with severe clinical depression the whole time I was on that show,’ he said.

“I was always able to dig down and find something that felt authentic to me and was good enough to be on the show, but after years and years of going down the drain without putting it back together, there was a cost” , did he declare.

‘My strategy had been, “Hey, you’ve got something awesome, so fight it!” It turns out you’re not fighting depression; you collect it, he said.

“After leaving Blue’s Clues, there was a long period of healing. It wasn’t until my dad died that I really started to take things seriously, and my life became much more manageable. “said Burns.

Healing: “After leaving Blue's Clues, there was a long period of healing.  It wasn't until my dad died that I really started to take things seriously, and my life became much more manageable,” Burns said.

Healing: “After leaving Blue’s Clues, there was a long period of healing. It wasn’t until my dad died that I really started to take things seriously, and my life became much more manageable,” Burns said.

Over the years, Burns’ disappearance has led to a slew of rumors about his whereabouts, including several about his supposed death.

“I was under the working assumption that most of you thought I was dead. This rumor was so persistent and indelible that I assumed it was a cultural preference. Eventually I got the hint. I kept my head down and left public life,” Burns said.

Burns returned to character in a special video posted to Nickelodeon’s Twitter, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Blue’s Clues.

Steve returns: Burns returned to character in a special video posted to Nickelodeon's Twitter, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Blue's Clues

Steve returns: Burns returned to character in a special video posted to Nickelodeon’s Twitter, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Blue’s Clues

‘Do you remember how when we were younger we used to run around and hang out with Blue…and then I left and we didn’t see each other for a very long time? Can we just talk about that? Because I realize it was kind of abrupt,’ Burns says in the video.

He would go on to discuss various difficulties of adult life, before concluding, “I just wanted to say, I never forgot you. Already.’

The post was retweeted 800,000 times and liked nearly 2 million times, with many commenting that it provided the kind of “closure” they needed with the character they all grew up with.

Never: He continued to discuss various difficulties of adult life, before concluding: “I just wanted to say, I never forgot you.  Already'

Never: He continued to discuss various difficulties of adult life, before concluding: “I just wanted to say, I never forgot you. Already’

“Everyone wants to feel seen and heard. I think it broke through because it was about respectful, active listening – a more direct conversation than what you’re used to seeing on your screen,’ Burns said.

Burns had written and produced on the Blues Clues & You revival series and occasionally guest-starred, though many who grew up on the original series were unaware of him until this 2021 video.

Now he will make his full return to the franchise in Blue’s Big City Adventure, where he reunites with Donovan Patton, who plays Steve’s younger brother Joe, and Blues Clues & You host Joshua Dela Cruz, who will its debut on Paramount Plus on November 18. .

Writing: Burns had written and produced on the Blues Clues & You revival series and occasionally guest-starred, though many who grew up on the original series were unaware until this 2021 video

Writing: Burns had written and produced on the Blues Clues & You revival series and occasionally guest-starred, though many who grew up on the original series were unaware until this 2021 video

Return: Now he will make his full-fledged return to the franchise in Blue's Big City Adventure, where he reunites with Donovan Patton, who plays Steve's younger brother Joe, and Blues Clues & You host Joshua Dela Cruz, who does its debut on Paramount Plus November 18

Return: Now he will make his full-fledged return to the franchise in Blue’s Big City Adventure, where he reunites with Donovan Patton, who plays Steve’s younger brother Joe, and Blues Clues & You host Joshua Dela Cruz, who does its debut on Paramount Plus November 18