Ryan Reynolds is famous for giving hilarious interviews and being a mega babe but he's also opened up to the New York Times about his struggles with the publicity part of fame.
“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.”
After the success he had in his 20s, Reynolds entered 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.”