Ryan Phillippe, who is starring in the ABC miniseries “Secrets and Lies”, can identify with his character because of his own “quiet torture”.
The handsome actor opened up about dealing with his depression to Elle.com, revealing it has been an obstacle since childhood.
Ryan told the publication about the new role he will play, a family man accused of murdering a young boy.
Phillippe admitted, “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.”
We believe that is a common feeling most people that have depression experience.
Phillippe said, “It can ruin your f—king life”, adding he wished he could “un-feel” those feelings if he could. But he adds, “I’d prefer to suffer through the sadness than to be a complete moron with no feelings [though] .”
The father of three has a 15-year-old daughter named Ava and an 11-year-old son named Deacon with his ex-wife Reese Witherspoon.
He also has a daughter named Kai with his ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp.
The Lincoln Lawyer star does admit he uses his dark moods and is “way funnier than people know me to be”.
He adds, “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.”
The actor is beginning to see signs that his 15-year-old daughter Ava could be struggling with depression.
Ryan explains, “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.”
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