In a candid new interview with Empire magazine, British actor Simon Pegg has opened up about his past battles with depression and alcohol abuse, saying that he was “profoundly unhappy”.
Pegg says that his depression really took hold just as his career started to take off. “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,” said the 48-year-old speaking to journalist Chris Hewitt. “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.”
“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.”
He goes on to speak about receiving help during the production of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. “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.”
Pegg is currently working on a number of films and projects, including the next Mission Impossible and a sitcom called Truth Seekers, which he’s producing with old compadre Nick Frost through his new company, Stolen Picture.