Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry are teaming up for a series that will delve into mental health issues and feature segments from athletes and stars like Lady Gaga and Glenn Close. Apple TV+ plus announced that the multi-part documentary series “The Me You Can’t See” will debut on May 21.
According to the press release, “Oprah Winfrey and Prince Harry guide honest discussions about mental health and emotional well-being while opening up about their mental health journeys and struggles,”
The series will have appearances from stars such as Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, and NBA veterans DeMar DeRozan and Langston Galloway open up about their struggles with mental health. Mental health advocate and speaker Zak Williams, Olympic boxer Virginia “Ginny” Fuchs, celebrity chef Rashad Armstead are also among the people set to feature.
According to Apple, The Me You Can’t See producers partnered with 14 accredited and respected mental health experts and organizations from around the world to help shed light on different pathways to treatment.
“Now more than ever, there is an immediate need to replace the shame surrounding mental health with wisdom, compassion, and honesty,” Oprah Winfrey said in a statement. “Our series aims to spark that global conversation.”
“We are born into different lives, brought up in different environments, and as a result are exposed to different experiences. But our shared experience is that we are all human,” Prince Harry said in a statement. “The majority of us carry some form of unresolved trauma, loss, or grief, which feels—and is—very personal. Yet the last year has shown us that we are all in this together, and my hope is that this series will show there is power in vulnerability, connection in empathy, and strength in honesty.”
The docuseries will become part of Winfrey’s portfolio of content on Apple TV+, including the series The Oprah Conversation, Oprah Talks COVID-19, and Oprah’s Book Club. The pair made headlines earlier this year for their explosive interview along with Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
The series is directed and executive produced by Emmy-winner Dawn Porter (Gideon’s Army, John Lewis: Good Trouble) and Oscar-winning documentarist Asif Kapadia (Amy). Alex Browne is serving as showrunner. The Me You Can’t See is also executive produced by Harpo Productions’ Terry Wood and Catherine Cyr and Radical Media’s Jon Kamen, Dave Sirulnick. The series is produced by Jen Isaacson and Nell Constantinople.