The 41-year-old actor might be an image of confidence onscreen, but once the camera turns off, he has said that he is often a nervous mess.
Ryan Reynolds has opened up about his long-time struggle with anxiety in a new interview with The New York Times. He has revealed, “I have anxiety. I’ve always had anxiety. Both in the light-hearted ‘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.” During the early days of his career, Ryan has said that he would often stay awake at night paralysed by fear of his future. While calling his early 20s a “real unhinged phase,” the actor has admitted that he self-medicated to ease his anxiety.
He added, “I was partying and just trying to make myself vanish in some way.” As his career kicked off, Ryan has toned down the partying, but he has said that the anxiety never went away. Still, he gets wracked by dread and nausea before his interviews and talk show appearances.
Ryan is busy promoting the sequel to his profoundly hit film “Deadpool” in 2016, and with his forthcoming film breaking ticket presale records, the sequel has been expected to be another success—something which has made Ryan a bit nervous. He has said, “When there’s built-in expectation, your brain always processes that as a danger.”
Ryan— who is known for his quick wit— has said that he uses humour as a defence and coping mechanism. The actor has explained, “When the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set. That’s that great self-defence mechanism. I figure if you’re going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.”
Deadpool 2 will hit the theatres on 18th May.