Surfing helped Dominic Monaghan overcome his post-Lord of the Rings depression
as he struggled to cope with life after filming on the epic trilogy stopped.
The German-born actor moved to Hollywood from Manchester, England, after
finding he had little in common with his friends following his two-year
experience filming the Rings movies in New Zealand.
But, Monaghan tells Rolling Stone magazine he then spent the best part of a
year spiraling into depression and loneliness.
He recalls, “I didn’t have a car, I didn’t have a phone… I wasn’t going
out, I wasn’t trying to get back on track. I was just spending a year doing
“It was unhealthy and melancholy for no real reason–and it was cumulative
because I got p**sed off that I was depressed.”
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