Surfing Therapy for Dominic Monaghan

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.”

It took a surfing holiday, while he visited Rings cast mate Billy Boyd on the
set of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World in Mexico, to help him
shake his depression.

Boyd recalls, “Being able to get in the water really helped him.” Monaghan adds, “I just snapped out of it.”

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