Simon Pegg opens up about battle with depression and alcohol abuse
Simon Pegg has bravely opened up about his battle with depression and alcohol abuse in a brutally frank new interview.
Pegg, who has made no secret of his battles with his mental health in the past, opened up in a new interview with Empire magazine in regards to how difficult his situation has been: “I was depressed. I had always been susceptible to it. But at the same time as I started to ascend into what would conventionally be regarded as a success, I was going down,” he said.
“The more material success presented itself to me, the less I could understand why it wasn’t fulfilling me in any way. It wasn’t that it wasn’t fulling me, it was because I was depressed. It’s not a mood. It’s a condition,” he continued:
“I just drank more heavily…Eventually I crashed out. At Comic-Con in 2010 — I’ve never told anyone this — we were promoting Paul and I sort of went missing for about four days. I got back to the UK and just checked myself in somewhere.”
Pegg explained that it was the help of others that helped him turn his situation around and got him back on the right path: “I got well in 2010. I stopped drinking. I got a little bit of help. If you look at Burke & Hare, I’m bloated and fucking dead-eyed…I look at it now and think, “Fuck me, I was in a dark place then.” I was drunk a lot of the time and I was profoundly unhappy.
Pegg also revealed that it was his casting in the high-profile Mission Impossible series alongside Tom Cruise that offered him a sense of security he needed: “They took care of me and it helped me to get out of this dark place and realise that life was enjoyable. By the time I finished Ghost Protocol, I was better.”
“J.J. [Abrams] unending faith in me makes me teary to think about it. He’s always stuck by me.”