CONTENT WARNING: This post deals with domestic violence and depression and may be triggering for some readers.
Beloved Australian actress Rebecca Gibney sat down with Andrew Denton for his special interview series on Channel Seven Tuesday night, where the Wanted actress discussed her battles with mental health and growing up in a family of domestic violence.
WATCH the powerful interview with Rebecca Gibney below!
New Zealand born Gibney is known for her aura of motherly warmth, but the lovable Packed To The Rafters actress revealed that life hasn't always been easy.
The pair started out the interview with some light jesting back and forth about the Australian screen legend's both having to wear spanks, however, talk soon took a sharp right turn when Denton began asking the 54-year-old about her experiences with depression and anxiety.
"We last spoke 26 years ago, believe it or not," Denton began, "We talked about the panic attacks and the low self-esteem because of the relationship with your father."
Denton continued: "When you get that little voice that says 'Rebecca you're no good', what's the best way to deal with that?"
The Gold Logie winner then replied with some powerful advice: "I don't dwell on it so much anymore. I do take a deep breath and go 'I'm ok with me'."
Denton then flings a tough question at the Aussie silver screen star, asking why someone with such low self-esteem would be attracted to a career in front of the camera.
"I guess I didn't choose it, it chose me," Rebecca replies with a sense of authenticity that is refreshing to see.
"I pursued it because I didn't know what else to do. I dropped out of school when I was, you know, fifteen, sixteen. I didn't have any qualification's and then people kept employing me."
Gibney suffered a nervous breakdown in her early 30's and has addressed her difficult past before on social media.
Taking to Instagram Gibney shared a photo of herself and her sister as kids, in solidarity of a powerful interview by fellow actor Melissa George, who addressed her own history with domestic violence.
"This is a happy snap of my sister Stella and me when we were kids. No one would know that we were being raised in a family of domestic violence. Last night on the Sunday program fellow actor Melissa George talked about being attacked by her former partner."
Gibney continued: "I grew up in a household where violence toward our mother was a common occurrence.
"Domestic violence is wrong - violence in any form is wrong."
Rebecca has a 15-year-old son with husband Richard Bell.