The audience knew the actor Cheyenne Jackson from his work on “Glee,” “30 Rock,” “American Horror Story,” “Watchmen” and more, but now the talent on the small screen shares something completely unknown to his fans.
Over the weekend, the 44-year-old man did it Instagram and reveals a large scar stretching across his scalp – and the story behind it. (Warning: There are dirty words in the text.)
“I have DREAM today for 17 years. The day my terrible secret will be revealed, “he wrote next to the front and back photos. “No, this stubborn scar on my head is not from life-saving brain surgery, nor am I safe from shark attacks. This is worse. (At least in Hollywood …) “
What might be very bad?
“I had hair transplant surgery,” he admitted. “5 of them, more than 14 years to be exact.”
Jackson realized that some people might find the candor and emotion he put into the post about cosmetic procedures a little odd in time considering the pandemic we all lived in – in fact, he felt the same way at first.
“My inner monologue is ‘Really Cheyenne? With everything that happens in the world, you DECLARE that you have hair surgery? Forget yourself,'” he wrote. “I understand, but I admit this really, to REFUSE how much shame & worry that I have had about people finding out for years. “
And when his position continued, his fear evaporated.
“I started losing my hair around 22,” he explained. “My brother is also bald, but bolder & cooler & just shaved it off. It’s emotional for me to watch it fall out & I feel less attractive & really less like me as time goes by, so I saved up and got my first operation at 28 “I hid it from everyone. It was painful & expensive, but I began to feel better about myself.”
But while a transplant effectively replaces lost hair, it does not prevent the remaining hair from thinning. When that happens, he has more procedures in secret.
“Why? Why do I care so much? What does it say about me?” He wondered. “Being a vain actor in an industry that values beauty, I vow to keep this a secret forever. I feel very stupid to say that, but that is my truth. It was as if someone who had found out would somehow nullify my talent, or make me less worthy or valuable in the world. “
However, over the years, he discovered that it was a far greater deal to him than some of the people with whom he had to share secrets.
“At the beginning of every job, I secretly gather hair & makeup people, dramatically close the trailer door, & make a big deal about REVEALING the truth that destroys me. Every single. Single. Time.” The response? “They basically say ‘ummm … yeah … so?’ NO CARE BUT MY! “
It took him a long time to get there, but he let go of all that worry now. And he hopes, by opening up all of this at the right time, others might stop carrying the heavy burden of shame when it comes to their own personal truths.
“I share because maybe this will inspire someone out there to share the secrets they have hidden, or show scars that they are afraid of people seeing,” he wrote. “Let it go. What I have learned during this pandemic is — like this it doesn’t matter.”
And there are some people in particular who she hopes to get the message clearly and clearly – 3-year-old twins who she and her husband share Jason Landau, daughter of Willow and son of Ethan.
“I try to teach my children to accept themselves & to be proud of who they are, & to value things that are IMPORTANT & REAL so as their father, the example must begin with me.”
And with that he told his followers, “Here it is. I will go first. #ShowYourScars. “
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