Actor Bradley Cooper graces the cover of GQ for the January issue, where inside he talks about the path his career has taken, from “Alias” to struggles with addiction to his Oscar nomination for “Silver Linings Playbook.”
Highlights of the interview include:
On his exit from J.J. Abrams’ show “Alias”:
“I would only work three days a week. And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, ‘Ugh.’ And then next thing you know, I was like, ‘I want to f***ing kill myself.'” So against the advice of nearly every single person he knew, and despite having exactly zero future jobs lined up, he asked to be written off the show. “J.J. was like, ‘Okay.’ He probably would’ve fired me, anyway.”
On his drug use affecting his work:
Cooper: “I mean, it has to have. And to this day, of course, because it’s a life experience. And all I do is bring life experience. That’s all anybody really does. It’s inescapable.”
GQ: But it was never like, “Oh, I didn’t show up on set.”
Cooper: “Oh no. No, no, no, no, no, no. No, never. No. You mean like, in a logistic point of view, like: ‘He’s late?’ No, no, no.”
GQ: So it was more of a personal thing — it wasn’t like work was getting f***ed up?
Cooper: “No, I think work was getting f***ed up.”
GQ: In what way?
Cooper: “In the way that if — the one thing that I’ve learned in life is the best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then whatever happens, happens. The more steps I do to not do that, the farther I am away from fulfilling any potential I would have. So the answer to that question, then, is: Yes, of course it hindered the work.”
Read the full interview here. The issue is on newsstands Tuesday, Dec. 24.