His candid testimony. Reflecting on his addiction past, Bradley CooperHe spoke out about how it had affected his career, and why he decided he would get sober.
During an appearance on the “Smartless” podcast, which aired on Monday, June 13, Cooper, 47, recalled getting to a place where he had a “problem” with drugsAnd alcohol. “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-slash-quit Alias and struggled with zero self-esteem,” he told cohosts Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean HayesAbout the problems he faced during his 20s.
According to the American HustleHis career path influenced his personal challenges. Cooper was Will Tippin’s sidekick Jennifer Garner in Alias from 2001 to 2003 before being demoted to guest star status.
“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. But I definitely did not feel, moving to Los Angeles for Alias feeling like I was backIn high school,” he detailed. “I could not get into any clubs, no girls wanted to look at me. I was very depressed. It wasn’t really until The Hangover. I was 36 when I did. The HangoverSo I was able to experience all the things that were before fame ever played into my daily life. So all that happened before any of that.”
Cohost Arnett, 52, noted that Cooper’s appearance in 2009’s The Hangover helped him get to a “metamorphosis” in his life. “Having those realizations and having that change allowed you to — that’s what opened you up and allowed you to be you,” the comedian said.
The Golden Globe nominee, for his part, credited his friend for being “the reason” he decided to address his addiction. “I definitely made major breakthroughs at 29 to 33, 34, where at least I was able to stand in front of somebody and breathe and listen and talk,” he added, referring to the transition as the “path of deciding to change my life.”
In response, Arnett recalled noticing a “difference” once Cooper got sober. “It has been awesome seeing you in this place and seeing you comfortable. Nothing has made me happier,” the Arrested DevelopmentAn emotional bond was shared by alum. “It’s made me happy to see you so happy with who you are.”
Cooper once spoke out about how he could spiral into a downward spiral due to his addiction. “If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life,” the Pennsylvania native told GQ2013. “I think work was getting f–ked up. The one thing that I’ve learned in life is the best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then whatever happens, happens. The more steps I do to not do that, the farther I am away from fulfilling any potential I would have.”
The Nightmare AlleyStar also spoke out about how his views on life changed after getting sober.
“I was doing these movies, and I got to meet Sandra Bullock and meet these people and work with them,” he added at the time. “And I’m sober, and I’m like, ‘Oh, I’m actually myself. And I don’t have to put on this air to be somebody else, and this person still wants to work with me? Oh, what the f–k is that about?’ I was rediscovering myself in this workplace, and it was wonderful.”
If you or someone in your circle is struggling with substance abuse, please contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).