Succession star Nicholas Braun opens up about anxiety and self-esteem struggles

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Succession’s Nicholas Braun looks worlds apart from his role as Greg as he discusses anxiety and self-esteem, and admits he struggles to feel ‘instantly comfortable’ with strangers

Nicholas Braun looks worlds away from his Succession character, cousin Greg, in an edgy new fashion shoot for the July issue of British GQ magazine.

The American star of the HBO hit, 33, posed with tousled hair, a pink jumper and jeans, leaving behind Greg’s dowdy suits and that khaki jacket as he detailed his battle with anxiety and self-esteem. 

He told the publication: ‘I guess I’m one of those people who is not, like, instantly comfortable with people; it takes me a while to know what version of myself I’m going to be with somebody.’

Greg, is that you? Succession's Nicholas Braun appeared worlds apart from his role as Greg as he discussed anxiety and self-esteem in an interview with British GQ magazine

Greg, is that you? Succession’s Nicholas Braun appeared worlds apart from his role as Greg as he discussed anxiety and self-esteem in an interview with British GQ magazine

Acting out: Nicholas plays the hapless Greg in HBO series Succession (pictured)

Acting out: Nicholas plays the hapless Greg in HBO series Succession (pictured) 

He explained: ‘I do love when people love the show, but if it makes me feel so much better about myself that someone said this to me, I think I need to work on my self-esteem more.’ 

Nicholas also admits to struggling in romantic relationships.

He shared: ‘[My relationships that came closest to that] didn’t go on very long. You know, it would be a few weeks of obsession and, like…I don’t like feeling that powerless. 

‘I kind of run away from relationships where I know, “OK, I care too much about this. They don’t care as much as me. I gotta get out”.’ 

Chameleon: Nicholas looked very different than his Succession character in his shoot for the July issue of British GQ as he dressed in monochrome with bright yellow socks

Chameleon: Nicholas looked very different than his Succession character in his shoot for the July issue of British GQ as he dressed in monochrome with bright yellow socks

Succession tracks the lives of the Roy family as they contemplate their future once their aging father (Brian Cox) begins to step back from the media and entertainment conglomerate they control. 

And Nicholas said of the show: ‘[The third series] ses Tom and Greg’s relationship continues to be rocky. And there’s a deep love for one another under it all. That’s all I can say.’  

The actor said he feels ‘super present’ when he’s shooting scenes for the series. 

He said: ‘It’s not a one-minute take, it’s a six-minute take, so you can’t leave your headspace and everyone is sort of forced to stay super present for the entirety of the scene.’ 

In 2009, Nicholas starred alongside Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato in the Disney movie Princess Protection Program. 

And looking back on that experience, Nicholas now recognises that they were both set to become the ‘next big thing’.

Reflecting on the 2009 movie, he explained: ‘When you do a movie with Selena or Demi, you know, and they’re, like, being groomed in a way for being the next big thing, you kind of sense it.’

See the full feature in the July issue of British GQ available via digital download and on newsstands Friday 4th June. 

Star of the screen: Succession first aired in 2018 and the show follows the Roy family who own the Waystar RoyCo media conglomerate

Star of the screen: Succession first aired in 2018 and the show follows the Roy family who own the Waystar RoyCo media conglomerate

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