Will Poulter on his fake tache tattoo for Movember, living with mental health issues and working on Guardians

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18 Nov 2022, 14:38

Chris Evans and Will Poulter

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 star Will Poulter joined The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky to talk about not being able to grow a tache for Movember but flying the hair-free flag with a temporary tattoo, working with some of Hollywood's biggest stars and the importance of men looking after their mental health.

The actor told Chris about teaming up with the leading men's mental and physical health charity: "The cool thing about this year and how Movember are approaching it is that it's particularly good for folks like myself who can't grow a moustache, but there are other ways to get involved.

"You can find out more details on their website, there's lots of different challenges and one of the ways you can get involved is by sporting a temporary tattoo of a moustache, which is something that I did.

“You can put it under your nose. You could put it on your finger. The tache tatt I believe is a new concept this year... They're encouraging people to do a lot of the similar kinds of things that we've seen before in relation to charitable causes, so there's ways of being active and raising money. You can also host events to make a momentary mark to signify Movember."

Recalling the shocking statistic that we lose 60 men to suicide each hour, every hour across the world, Will shared: "It remains the leading cause of death for men under the age of 45 in the UK. I think a good deal of progress has been made in the conversation around mental health and de-stigmatising it, but unfortunately there's still a very long way to go. That's really what Movember is all about; reminding people that it's really important to talk about mental health and not feel any kind of limitations or restrictions on the conversation in that regard.

"I think the term 'mental health' in the conversation has largely been positive, but has sometimes been conflated to mental health issues and so people overlook the fact that everyone has a mental health to regard. So even if you don't necessarily consider yourself as having mental health issues, everyone has a mental health to manage just like everyone needs to go to the toilet.

"Everyone has these bodily functions. Everyone has a mental health and it's time that we acknowledge that and remove the stigma around that conversation because for as long as that stigma exists, then we run the risk of losing more people prematurely and lots of people are dying of preventable causes so it's really, really important that we have the conversation with no holds barred."

Will explained why his heart and soul is fully behind the campaign. He said: “I have mental health issues myself and a history of mental health issues. I was diagnosed with generalised anxiety disorder, depression and OCD. I'm treated for that and I'm fortunate enough to be able to see a therapist and receive treatment for that. So that's my organic link to the cause itself. The incredible Movember team work all year round looking after men's physical and mental health, and when they asked me to get involved I was a little bit scared about the prospect of getting a real tattoo but when they said it was temporary but still for the same good cause, it was a no brainer to get involved.”

On being part of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 and working with Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel, he admitted: “It really is so wild. It's one of those universes that I never thought I would belong in or be invited into. From the outside looking in, it's really scary and intimidating because I'm approaching it with real fanboy energy, but then to be welcomed into it so, so warmly by everyone involved and to find out that all of those really talented people are also really lovely and just trying to have fun on set, it's a really happy camp."

Will Poulter is taking part in this year’s Movember. Sign up, donate and find out more at movember.com

For more great interviews listen to The Chris Evans Breakfast Show with Sky, weekdays from 6:30am on Virgin Radio, or  catch up on-demand here.