We all know how much of a jokester Ryan Reynolds can be – he always brings a smile to everyone’s faces! But it looks like this time around, the actor got serious for a second and candidly talked about his longtime struggle with anxiety.
The star is pretty well known for his wit and sarcasm which has been highlighted by his Deadpool character and made the role extremely successful.
However, even someone like him can struggle with things like anxiety.
Reynolds opened up about it and how debilitation the mental condition can be.
Despite his confident exterior, Ryan confessed that before appearing on any talk-show, he gets so nauseous that he feels like he might die.
‘I have anxiety, I have always had anxiety. Both in the lighthearted ‘I am anxious about this’ kind of thing, and I have been to the depths of the dark end of the spectrum, which isn’t fun,’ the man revealed.
According to him, the humor he uses is a defense mechanism he has used ever since he was just a child.
At the time, he was living with his dad, Jim and the actor has opened up before about their very complicated relationship.
The man passed away back in 2015 after battling Parkinson’s disease.
About how he kept the peace between his father, him and his three older brothers, Ryan said: ‘I became a young skin-covered micro-manager. When you stress out children, there is this weird paradox that happens because they are suddenly taking on things that are not theirs to take on.’
In his early 20s, Reynolds went through a party-hard faze and was also self-medicating but after a few of his pals lost their lives due to overdosing, he stopped.
‘I was partying and trying to make myself vanish in some way,’ the actor declared.
Fortunately, once he gets into whatever he needs to do, the anxiety goes away.
‘When the curtain rises, I turn on this knucklehead, and he takes over and goes away again after I walk off set. That is a great self-defense mechanism. I figure if you are going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.’