Miley Cyrus recently opened up about a harrowing experience that tied together the filming of a traumatic scene for “Black Mirror” and the devastating Woolsey Fire in Malibu, California. The singer and actress shared the details in her “Used to Be Young” TikTok video series, shedding light on how these events led to anxiety attacks that haunted her years later.
During the filming of her appearance in “Black Mirror” in South Africa, a massive wildfire, the Woolsey Fire, destroyed her Malibu home. The eerie coincidence of these two events left a lasting impact on Cyrus’s mental health.
“I was filming ‘Black Mirror’ and while I was there the fires happened in Malibu,” Cyrus explained. “I was in South Africa, but [the episode] was taking place in Malibu, so it was just a real trip. Two or three years later after this happened, I didn’t understand, but I had this anxiety attack with a vision attached where I was strapped down to a gurney.”
In her TikTok video, Cyrus shared a clip from her “Black Mirror” scene in which her character, Ashley O, is forcibly restrained on a medical bed during a panic attack. This scene served as a painful reminder of the real-life events she experienced during the Woolsey Fire.
“I would have these dreams any time I would go to perform, and I thought that was just an anxious vision that made no sense,” Cyrus added. “But actually, as my house was burning, I was strapped to a gurney with my hands locked in handcuffs strapped to a bed [filming ‘Black Mirror’].”
Cyrus even revealed that she filmed the viral music video for Ashley O’s single “On a Roll” the day after her Malibu home burned down, earning 19 million views on YouTube.
Despite the emotional turmoil and personal tragedy, Cyrus maintained her work ethic, demonstrating her commitment to her craft. The experience serves as a stark reminder of the challenges artists often face behind the scenes.
Miley Cyrus’s appearance in “Black Mirror” Season 5, episode “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” can be streamed on Netflix, allowing fans to witness her powerful performance in the thought-provoking series.