Lili Reinhart defends herself for talking about her OCD on Jimmy Fallon after critics accused her of making light of mental illness - as she tells her fans, 'I've had it since elementary school'

  • Reinhart, 23, appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week
  • During the interview, she spoke about being OCD and her concerns with the disorder when filming the vomiting scenes in the movie Hustlers 
  • She faced backlash from people accusing her of casually claiming she had OCD 
  • Reinhart later defended herself on Twitter, saying she's struggled with the disorder since elementary school 
  • 'So, yes. I do have the right to talk about it thanks,' she wrote in the tweet 

Lili Reinhart has defended her comments about her obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) after appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, as fans expressed frustration at the seemingly-casual way the star referenced the illness. 

During the late night show, Reinhart detailed her time on the set of Hustlers and how she was worried about her multiple vomiting scenes given her OCD towards 'floaters in water', which was required to make the prop throw up.

Her comments faced backlash from viewers online who thought Reinhart, 23, was belittling the disorder, forcing her to make a statement. 

Speaking out: Lili Reinhart has defended her comments about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) after appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Speaking out: Lili Reinhart has defended her comments about obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) after appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Controversy: The OCD comment came from Reinhart speaking to her role in Hustlers (pictured) and how she was worried about the multiple vomiting scenes

Controversy: The OCD comment came from Reinhart speaking to her role in Hustlers (pictured) and how she was worried about the multiple vomiting scenes 

Her response: She faced backlash from people accusing her of casually claiming she had OCD, but Reinhart later tweeted it was a disorder she's struggled with for years

Her response: She faced backlash from people accusing her of casually claiming she had OCD, but Reinhart later tweeted it was a disorder she's struggled with for years 

'I just want to put out there re: my Fallon interview — I actually do suffer from OCD, it wasn't just a little quip I made on a talk show,' Reinhart wrote in a tweet following the interview. 

'I've had OCD since I was in elementary school. So, yes. I do have the right to talk about it thanks.' 

She said the statement after Jimmy Fallon, 45, asked the actress about her role in Hustlers and how it involved her character vomiting whenever she got nervous. 

The props people for the movie created a 'cup full of fake vomit' that Reinhart would have to drink during the scene. This was made used 'animal crackers and Sprite mixed together,' Reinhart detailed. 

This moment was when Reinhart confessed to being worried her OCD might prevent her from chugging the cup to then perform the vomit scene for the movie. 

Commenters who suffer from OCD then targeted Reinhart and expressed their frustrations towards others who always made casual mentions of the mental illness in regular conversations.   

Not backing down: 'So, yes. I do have the right to talk about it thanks,' she wrote in the tweet

Not backing down: 'So, yes. I do have the right to talk about it thanks,' she wrote in the tweet 

Frustrations: The backlash came from people who thought others too casually claimed they had OCD when speaking to others

Frustrations: The backlash came from people who thought others too casually claimed they had OCD when speaking to others 

Supportive: But other fans appreciated Reinhart's candor about subjects relating to mental illness and her personal struggles

Supportive: But other fans appreciated Reinhart's candor about subjects relating to mental illness and her personal struggles 

To some, that was what it appeared Reinhart was doing during the interview. 

'People never take my OCD seriously. That's because everyone claims to have it,' one commenter expressed on Twitter. 

But Reinhart fans also complimented the actress for being open about mental illnesses throughout her career. 

'Mental illnesses are an endless struggle, I appreciate you talking about them SO MUCH. You're an absolute legend,' one fan wrote.  

'I've had OCD my entire life. I've even been hospitalized for it,' another commenter wrote. 'That fact that you feel comfortable talking about it is inspiring for me. Thank you for being you!' 

Staying busy: Besides talking about her OCD, Reinhart also admitted to Fallon she was surprised to be selected for the star-studded cast of Hustlers (pictured with the cast)

Staying busy: Besides talking about her OCD, Reinhart also admitted to Fallon she was surprised to be selected for the star-studded cast of Hustlers (pictured with the cast)

Besides talking about her OCD, Reinhart also admitted to Fallon she was surprised to be selected for the star-studded cast of Hustlers. 

Reinhart starred alongside Jennifer Lopez, Julie Stiles, Constance Wu, Keke Palmer, Lizzo, and Cardi B for the crime drama following a crew of strippers who were looking to gain extra money from men in the New York finance scene.  

'I was just so stoked. So honored,' Reinhart said. 'Even when the cast list came out, I was like "Oh, s***. I'm part of that?"'

She added: 'Just to see everyone's names all together. Then it was funny because it was like, "Cardi B, Lizzo, JLo, the white girl from Riverdale."'

Although Reinhart pushed down her success compared to her other cast members, she also had a busy year in the industry. 

The actress was recently named in Time 100 Next issue. It features guest contributors writing about list members, with fashion designers and Rodarte founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy writing about Lili.

'We'd known about Lili because of her role as Betty Cooper on Riverdale, and we were even more drawn to her when we saw how she used her experiences to advocate for mental health and body-image awareness,' the Mulleavy sisters wrote.   

Reinhart joined the list with other influential people, including Camila Cabello, Awkwafina, Noah Centineo, Keke Palmer, and Lil Nas.  

Lili Reinhart defends her comments about struggling with OCD

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