Simon Pegg discussed his battle with depression and finally getting help for his alcohol addiction in a candid new interview with The Guardian.
The 48-year-old, admitted he’d suffered with depression since he was 18, but it wasn’t until 2005 that he finally decided he needed to stop self-medicating.
Pegg, who has been busy promoting “Mission: Impossible — Fallout”, shared: “It was awful, terrible. It owned me.”
The actor went on to talk about realizing he had a problem when he watched himself back in 2006’s “Mission: Impossible III”.
He told the paper, “When I watch that film back, I can see where I was then, which was fairly lost, and unhappy, and an alcoholic.”
Pegg added that this may have been the start of the “crisis years” in his mind, but most of his fans were unaware of his struggles.
The star continued, “Because I hid it. I’m an actor, so I acted… all the f**king time.
“One thing [addiction] does is make you clever at not giving anything away. People think junkies and alcoholics are slovenly, unmotivated people. They’re not – they are incredibly organized. They can nip out for a quick shot of whisky and you wouldn’t know they have gone. It’s as if… you are micro-managed by it.
“But eventually the signs are too obvious. You have taken the dog for one too many walks.”
Pegg went on to say that although the birth of his daughter, Matilda, was a turning point in his life, it still didn’t “fix things.”
He shared, “It was the most cosmic experience of my life. I thought it would fix things and it just didn’t. Because it can’t. Nothing can, other than a dedicated approach, whether that’s therapy or medication, or whatever.”
Pegg also said his film “The World’s End”, which followed a group of friends who discovered an alien invasion during a pub crawl, was kind of his way of telling the world what he was going through.
He then admitted his wife realized he had a problem when he couldn’t make it back to the U.K. after promoting his movie “Paul” without stopping for a couple of pints.
Pegg said of eventually entering rehab and getting help, “I got into it. I got into the reasons I was feeling that way. I went into AA for a while, too.
“I don’t think I would be here now if I hadn’t had help.”
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