Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds has opened up about his struggles with anxiety and how he has been living with it for most of his life. The actor made the admission promoting his new film Deadpool 2, reported The Indian Express.
“I have anxiety. I’ve always had anxiety. 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,” Reynolds said. He also admitted that he went through a “real unhinged phase” in his 20s and “was partying and just trying to make myself vanish in some way.”
Reynolds also talked about growing up with his father Jim Reynolds, a former police officer-turned-food wholesaler, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and called him “the stress dispensary in our house.”
“I became this young skin-covered micro manager. When you stress out kids, there’s a weird paradox that happens because they’re suddenly taking on things that aren’t theirs to take on,” he stated.
The actor admitted doing press shows for Deadpool helps him combat stress. “When the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set,” Reynolds said. “That’s that great self-defense mechanism. I figure if you’re going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.”
Deadpool 2 releases on May 18.
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