Actress Lili Reinhart was feeling emotional on the night of red carpet premiere for her new movie, Hustlers, at the Toronto International Film Festival. The 22-year-old, who is best known for her role as Betty Cooper on Riverdale, took to her Instagram Story on Saturday, September 7, to share a very positive message with her fans about her journey, and she also opened up about her past mental health struggle.

“Tonight was overwhelming in the best way I could’ve ever imagined. If you were to tell 16-year-old me, who was horribly depressed and near-suicidal, that at 22 years old I would be in a female-driven movie premiering at TIFF, I would never have believed it,” Lili wrote in her message on her Instagram Story. “I will never forget the feeling of tonight. Knowing that I am doing exactly what I was meant to be in this beautiful life. I’m so honored to be part of Hustlers. And so blessed to be living the life that I am.”

lili reinhart smiles even though her eyes are red from crying happy tears in sweet selfie after the red carpet premiere of her new movie hustlers at the toronto international film festival

She closed out her positive message with a selfie, with her eye red from crying tears of happiness. “Enjoy this pic of me sitting on the floor, crying from sheer happiness and joy,” Lili captioned the photo.

The blonde beauty has always been very open with her fans about her mental health struggles. Back in May 2017, Lili got very candid with fans on Twitter in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, and revealed how her work as an actress helped her overcome her struggles.

lili reinhart wears an angelic white dress at the red carpet premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada
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Riverdale came into my life when I was going through the worst depression I had ever experienced. And in the end, it completely saved me. Since it’s Mental Health Awareness Month, I figured it would be good to share that,” Lili wrote in a series of tweets. “I worked my ass off to make a living out of what I love. And when I’m feeling depressed or sad, I remind myself how far I’ve come. And how I didn’t let my depression consume me … To anyone out there who feels depressed or hopeless … do not f–king give up on yourself. You’re all you’ve got. And you deserve the world.  Your mental health should be your priority. Don’t forget that. This is your life … and you’ve only got one. So don’t waste it by being sad.”

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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