‘I was totally depressed’: Bradley Cooper speaks about cocaine addiction and his 'lost twenties'
Bradley Cooper might be one of the biggest stars in Hollywood currently but that was always not the case. The ‘Limitless’ star was once lost and addicted to cocaine in his 20s as revealed by the actor himself when he sat for an interview with Amazon Music and Wondery’s SmartLess podcast.
The 47-year-old actor got real about substance abuse as he shed light on his past battles with drugs and alcohol. The skilled actor, who first shot to fame with the 2009 comedy ‘Hangover’, also spoke about how he lost the track after his role in Jennifer Garner's action-thriller series ‘Alias’ was cut short in the early 2000s. Cooper also confessed he was lost and totally depressed.
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Bradley Cooper reveals was addicted to cocaine in his 20s
Speaking to hosts Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes, Bradley confessed, “I was so lost and I was addicted to cocaine- that was the other thing. I severed my Achilles tendon right after I got fired/quit ‘Alias.” The Oscar-nominee actor revealed that he also had “zero self-esteem” while diving deep into his struggles with chemical abuse in the early days of his career.
“I did have the benefit of that happening when I was 29. I thought I made it when I got a Wendy’s commercial. In terms of the ‘made it’ thing, that’s when I made it,” said the ‘A Star is Born’ actor adding, “But I definitely did not feel [it], moving to Los Angeles for ‘Alias’ feeling like I was back in high school. I could not get into any clubs, no girls wanted to look at me", as reported by the New York Post.
‘I was totally depressed’, says Bradley Cooper
Bradley Cooper, who is currently filming a biopic on legendary composer Leonard Bernstein called ‘Maestro’, revealed that he was, “totally depressed” adding, “It wasn't really until The Hangover. I was 36 when I did The Hangover, so I got to go through all those things before fame even played into my existence on a daily level. So all that happened before any of that."
The award-winning star continued, “I definitely made major breakthroughs 29 to 32, 33, 34 where I was at least able to stand in front of someone and breathe and listen and talk.” While further reflecting, Cooper said, “Will (Arnett)is the reason, he took that risk of having that hard conversation with me in July of 2004, that put me on a path of deciding to change my life." In 2004, Will Arnett had stopped by Cooper's place, noticing that it was late afternoon and he still hadn't let his dogs out to go to the bathroom. Shedding light on the same, Cooper said, “That was the first time I ever realized I had a problem with drugs and alcohol. It was Will saying that to me, I'll never forget it... It changed my entire life."