Ryan Reynolds’ secret mental health battle
HE'S famous for giving hilarious interviews, but it doesn't come easy for Ryan Reynolds.
"I have anxiety, I've always had anxiety," Reynolds shared. "Both in the lighthearted 'I'm anxious about this' kind of thing, and I've been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun."
With success from the sitcom Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, Reynolds' early 20s became his "real unhinged phase."
"I was partying and just trying to make myself vanish in some way," Reynolds said, admitting that he self-medicated to deal with crippling anxiety; however, he stopped when a few friends died of overdoses.
To help cope with the anxiety during major press tours now, Reynolds conducts most of his interviews in-character, acting as Deadpool instead of himself.
"When the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set," he said.
"That's that great self-defence mechanism," Reynolds continued. "I figure if you're going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly."
This story originally appeared in the NY Post and is republished here with permission.