Ryan Reynolds reveals he suffered from so much anxiety he thought ‘I’m going to die’
Canadian superstar Ryan Reynolds can seem like he’s got it all figured out, especially when he’s able to crack a sarcastic (and often NSFW) joke in the blink of an eye. But the Vancouver-born and raised actor, entrepreneur and Wrexham FC owner is opening up about his lifelong struggle with anxiety that plagued him even in times when he seemed to have it all together.
“I’ve really had anxiety all my life,” he told CBS Sunday Morning. “And you know, I feel like I have two parts to my personality, that one takes over when that happens.”
the dead Pool the actor then recounted an appearance many years ago on The Late Show with David Lettermanwhere he was supposed to appear but his anxiety caused him to vomit.
“When I was going out, like, Letterman at the time, I was nervous. But I remember I was backstage before the curtain opened, and I was like, ‘I’m going to die. I will literally die here. The curtain’s gonna open and I’m just gonna be, I’m just gonna be a symphony of vomit, just, like, something awful is gonna happen! he admitted.
He continued: “But as soon as that curtain opens – and it happens a lot in my work too – it’s like this little guy takes over. And he’s like, ‘I get it. You are cool.'”
“I feel, like, my heart rate dropping and my breathing calming down,” he added. “And I just sort of go out and be this different person. And I walk out of that interview saying, ‘God, I’d love to be that guy!'”
He didn’t go into detail about his triggers or the source of his anxiety, but Ryan did mention that he grew up in a household with a strict disciplinary father, which created a tense atmosphere for him and his brothers. .
“I don’t want to paint this picture that it was this horrible place to grow up. But it was very tense,” he admitted. “Yeah, my dad was a very uptight guy. And, you know, I kind of described it as a skin-covered landmine.
Growing up in that atmosphere, he says, helped him with his acting skills.
“I attribute part of why I’m good at my job to that. I’m shrewd. I watch out for danger carefully. And, you know, as an adult, that can really come in handy.”
In his new movie The Adam Project, Ryan plays a fighter pilot from the future who returns to 2022 to meet his younger self and come to terms with the loss of his father. When asked by CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith what Ryan himself might want to say to his former young VanCity, Ryan said a sense of pride would come first.
“Yeah, I think my 12-year-old would be proud of me,” he replied, “because I’m doing this thing in a way that has some integrity. I like to think that this 12-year-old years would look where I am there and say, “We’re fine,” I think.”
Given Ryan’s success in his chosen field and his use of this public platform, it’s highly likely that Ryan is right about his assessment of his current life. Even this week, Reynolds and Blake Lively joined in match donations up to $1 million for refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.
“Within 48 hours, countless Ukrainians have been forced to flee their homes to neighboring countries,” he added. wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “They need protection. When you donate, we match it up to $1,000,000, creating double the support. Ryan quote-tweeted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which is the refugee agency where donations can be pledged.
Ryan also took time out of his CBS interview to reminisce about his roots, specifically his first job as a noble Safeway employee. Where would we be without our frontline workers?
In a clip that didn’t air on TV but was shared on social media, Ryan gave a cute shoutout to the Vancouver Safeway location where he worked at the time.
“One of the best jobs I’ve ever had was working at a Safeway — 25th and Oak — in Vancouver. It was amazing work. I’ve worked with some of the funniest human beings you’ll find on the face of the earth,” he said.
As we’ve noted before, Ryan is so proud of his five-month stint as a Safeway forklift driver in the ’90s, he’s even made it to his official LinkedIn page. Yes, even Ryan Reynolds has LinkedIn.
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