We thought we couldn’t love Suits star and all-around gorgeous, hiatus-bearded man Gabriel Macht any more than we already did. But then, he did an Instagram live to promote his friend Brian Klugman’s book, You Are You.
During the chat, Macht and Klugman discussed all sorts of topics related to self-care, self-love, and overall mental health. But, honestly, we kind of melted toward the very beginning and never really stopped with the heart-eyes.
In the first place, Gabriel Macht doesn’t exactly spend a ton of time on social media, and we’ve missed him since we sobbed our way through his final appearance as Harvey Specter. So, yeah. Any time he checks in via social media, we have lot of feelings, regardless…But for him to use his platform, of over 2.6 million followers, to support a friend and have a frank discussion about mental health? Um. How do we clone this man and keep a copy for ourselves? Asking for an entire fandom.
We’re so glad more people, especially famous ones who can reach so many more of us, are starting to talk about mental health. And we’re just as excited—if not moreso, if we’re being honest—to hear one of our favorites, who played a character that could easily been a one-note poster boy for toxic masculinity but was instead so much more, casually call out the patriarchy.
“So much of the patriarchy has been—at least for boys—has been, you know, ‘man up. Let’s not show your feelings. I don’t…You don’t need to express yourself. Squash it, and move on.’ Right? ‘Chin up, let’s just move on, be a man.’ And I believe that if we were given the opportunity to share our feelings, whether we were or angry, or sad, or upset, or nervous, or anxious—any of those issues—growing up, that we would be allowed to look at them as, like weather. Because they come and they go.”
Basically, feelings just are, and we can’t ignore them or pretend they don’t exist just because the patriarchy said we should.
Macht also said he sees Klugman’s book as “an entry point for children to trust their feelings and given the opportunity to share them…allow themselves to be who they really are.”
Right now, society is telling a lot of kids that who they are is wrong. So, it’s hella refreshing to hear this message instead. And calling out the ridiculous idea that some of us should just…not have feelings because that’s the “manly” way…We can’t say enough how much we’re in love with that.
We also need to take care of, and love, ourselves—another vitally important message, especially lately.
Yeah. So, Are we biased here? Probably. After all, one of our faves is promoting the book…But we bet You Are You is a great way to learn how to feel what we need to feel, be our true selves, and take care of our mental health. Yeah, the book is meant for kids, but even us grownups need help with all those things.
Proceeds go to Mind Up.
Check out the full video here:
Now, all we need is more Gabriel Macht on our TVs, preferably with the hiatus scruff intact. As soon as we have news on that front, rest assured, we’ll share. You’ll probably even hear the screaming—no reading news posts required.