Actor Ryan Phillippe’s new series Secrets & Lies debuted last night. It’s still waiting in my DVR, but I will get to it tonight, fingers crossed. During the promotion of his new show, Ryan sat down with Elle.com to chat about the series, revealed his struggle with depression, and he dropped a major Cruel Intentions bomb on us!
You mentioned that you connected with the character because you yourself are ‘quietly tortured at times.’ What does that mean? “You know, depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child. As you get older I think it decreases some, but I’m just innately kind of a sad person. I’m empathetic, and I take on the feelings of others and transpose myself into the position of others. I see it in my daughter. She has it, and I wish to hell she didn’t. It’s just, some people do have this pervading sort of sadness, or they’re so analytical that they can kind of take the fun out of things because they think too much.”
If you could un-feel or reduce the receptors a little bit, would you?
“Yes, absolutely. There’s great value to it, but it can also ruin your f*****g life. But, that being said, if it was a choice between being this way or being completely ignorant I’d prefer to suffer through the sadness than to be a complete moron with no feelings.”
You seem pretty funny—even on social media! “Yeah, I am. I’m way funnier than people know me to be. And it’s a dark humor, like a gallows humor. I think that’s where, if you do carry any of that sadness or depression, your humor does tend to be a little darker than most people. And the greatest comedians do—trust me. I know so many of them. And they’re depressed and they’re dark and they have this incredible gift of humor to offer others and also, probably, therapeutically themselves.”
Okay, last question, what’s one thing no one else knows about Cruel Intentions? “Well, everyone was always like in love with that Porsche I drive, but it was actually a plastic shell on the crappiest…It was not a real Porsche. It’s basically a prop. But the girls don’t care about that because I don’t care about that either.”
Read Ryan’s full interview by clicking the link below – it’s so worth the read! Trust us!
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Posted by: Sherry
Monday, March 2nd, 2015 at 4:16pm
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