Bradley Cooper on the past of cocaine addiction, low self-esteem

During a recent appearance on Smartless podcast, Bradley Cooper he opened up about starting a career in Hollywood and the drug addiction he faced early in his career.

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Bradley recalled a time when he used vile humor to cover up his lack of self-esteem and desire to fit in. After dinner in 2004 with Will and another friend, Will called Bradley a “asshole.” That moment changed everything for Bradley.

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“And it was, like, the first time I realized I had a drug and alcohol problem,” Bradley said. “And Will told me that, and I’ll never forget it.”

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“I was so lost and I was addicted to cocaine – that was another matter,” Bradley said of his 20s as he tried to make a name for himself in Hollywood. “I cut my Achilles tendon right after I got fired Alias”And had“ zero self-esteem ”.

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The Alley of nightmares The star continued to admit that he “benefited” from this when he was 29 years old. The now 47-year-old actor felt like he was “back in high school” when he joined Alias. “I couldn’t go to any club, no girl really wanted to look at me. I was totally depressed.”

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“It simply came to our notice then Hangover. I was 36 when I did it Hangover, so I had to go through all these things before fame even entered my existence on a daily basis. So it all happened before all that. ”

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Bradley said that he made a “big step forward” between the ages of 29 and 33/34. He finally felt like he could feel more comfortable in his own skin, “standing in front of someone, breathing, listening and talking”.

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He attributes to Will giving him the wake-up call he needed: “But Will is the reason – he took that risk of having that difficult conversation with me, like July 2004, that put me on the path of deciding to change my life. . “

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As for his self-esteem, Bradley admitted that learning to love himself is “lifelong research”. It was only a year and a half ago that he decided that while “he loves so much [his] life “, he still felt so lost.” So he started visiting a new therapist who helped him overcome those feelings.

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“I can sit in front of you today and say that I actually have a self-esteem that has nothing to do with anything outside. I haven’t had it in 46 years. It took me a long time to do it.”

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To learn more about Bradley, be sure to check out his full Smartless podcast interview.

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