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Bradley Cooper Recalls Substance Abuse, Cocaine Addiction After ‘Relegation’ In Alias ​​Role

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Bradley Cooper has revealed he struggled with drug addiction in his late 20s after being sidelined from hit TV show Alias

The Hollywood A-lister actor and director got his breakthrough American action thriller starring Jennifer Garner as CIA double agent Sidney Bristow, in the early 2000s.

Cooper played Bristow’s friend and journalist, Will Tippin, for two seasons between 2001 and 2003. He returned to the show in 2006 in a guest role.

However, he asked to be written off the show after, he says, his character was sidelined.

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Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Alias
Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner in the episode ‘Alias’. (Getty)

“I was so lost and I was addicted to cocaine,” Cooper told the Jason Bateman, Will Arnett and Sean Hayes podcast. smartless about his way of thinking at the time.

The nine-time Academy Award nominee also revealed that he had his Achilles tendon cut right after leaving the show, which only exacerbated his problems.

“I had absolutely no desire to move to Los Angeles for… Alias, like I was back in high school. I wasn’t allowed into any club, no girl wanted to look at me… I was completely depressed.”

The now 47-year-old A Star Is Born director was also candid early in his career about his deep depression and ongoing struggle with his self-esteem.

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Bradley Cooper attends the 2022 Costume Institute Benefit celebration In America: An Anthology of Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City. (Patrick McMullan via Getty Image)

“I did benefit from it when I was 29,” he said.

“I thought I made it when I got a commercial from Wendy’s. I called my dad and said, ‘I’m in a hotel with a window that opens.’ In terms of the ‘made-it’ thing, then I made it.”

He said it wasn’t until he starred in the 2009 movie The hangover that he has experienced true fame.

“So I had to go through all those things before fame even played a part in my existence on a day-to-day level,” Cooper said, to which Bateman jumps in, “That makes you so grateful for where you are now.”

Cooper agreed.

Arnett then suggested that Cooper would undergo a “metamorphosis” before fame allowed him to feel comfortable in his own skin in the cutthroat film industry.

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Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in a scene from 'A Star is Born'.
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in a scene from ‘A Star is Born’. (MONKEY)

“I definitely made big breakthroughs from 29 to 34 where I was at least able to stand in front of someone and breathe, listen and talk,” he said, adding that he still struggles with self-esteem. .

The Silver Linings Playbook actor also revealed that Arnett played a major role in changing his life after having a “hard talk with me” in July 2004.

Cooper then remembered part of the conversation. It was after a dinner party that Arnett also attended, where Cooper thought he was being funny but was really just being mean.

“That put me on a path to change my life,” Cooper said.

“Will Arnett is the reason. There’s no one else.’

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