Simon Pegg Discusses His Battle With Depression And Alcoholism: ‘I Don’t Think I’d Be Here Now If I Hadn’t Had Help’

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.”

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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.”

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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.”

For help and advice on mental health issues contact the Mental Health Helpline.



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