US actor Bradley Cooper has spoken publicly about his past drug problems.
Hollywood star Bradley Cooper has shared his candid experience with cocaine and alcohol and his past addiction problems. In the “Smartless” podcast, the actor, who has already been nominated several times for an Oscar, also revealed how he managed to get clean.
Bradley Cooper: “I felt so lost”
Early in his career, he felt “so lost,” Cooper said in an episode of the podcast released Tuesday (local time). “And I was addicted to cocaine.”
His initially stumbling career path had an additional negative impact on his personal challenges. From 2001 to 2003, the Philadelphia-born mime, who studied acting at the Actors Studio Drama School in New York, was at the side of Jennifer Garner in the series “Alias” – but he was soon downgraded to guest appearances, which apparently was difficult for the ambitious actor to cope with.
There were also physical problems. “Shortly after I got fired from Alias, I tore my Achilles tendon.” After leaving the US series, he had “zero self-esteem”.
“I couldn’t go into any clubs, no girl wanted to look at me, I was totally depressed,” he said about his difficult phase of life.
The first “Hangover” film brought change
The first “Hangover” film, which he shot at the age of 36, brought about a big change. In addition, the birth of his daughter further improved his attitude towards himself.
“You have that wonderful experience or that breakthrough with a script, or you have a wonderful moment on set or in the editing room (…) But you have about 40 moments every day with your kid that mean that level of joy. That’s no gimmicks, that’s just the truth.” Cooper’s daughter with model Irina Shaik was born in 2017.
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