Bradley Cooper considers himself “very lucky” to have overcome addictions that nearly took his life decades ago.
The Oscar nominee, 48, discussed his sobriety in a recent episode of National Geographic’s “Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge” when Grylls inquired about Cooper’s “wild years.”
“In terms of alcohol and drugs, yeah, but nothing to do with fame,” Cooper, who has a 6-year-old daughter with ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk, explained.
“But, I was lucky. I got sober at 29 years old, and I’ve been sober for 19 years. Very lucky.”
The “Hangover” star, who recently drew criticism for his prosthetic nose in the upcoming Netflix feature “Maestro,” battled a drug and alcohol addiction in the early 2000s, which he readily admits hampered his performance.
Cooper recently revealed how his addiction worsened after he was sacked from Jennifer Garner’s action-thriller series “Alias.”
And he said he was on the verge of a similar recurrence in 2011 after his father died of cancer.
“I definitely had a nihilistic attitude toward life after, just like I thought ‘I’m going to die,’” he told Grylls. “I don’t know, it wasn’t great for a little bit until I thought I have to embrace who I actually am and try to find a peace with that, and then it sort of evened out.”
While Cooper’s addiction may have hampered his career in the past, he says it ultimately helped him play an addict in “A Star Is Born.”
“It made it easier to be able to really enter in there,” Cooper said of his Oscar-nominated performance in the 2018 film, in which he co-starred with Lady Gaga.
“And thank goodness I was in a place in my life where I was at ease with all of that, so I could really let myself go.”
“I’ve been very lucky with the roles I’ve had to play. It’s been a real blessing. I hope I get to keep doing it,” he added.
Cooper has previously spoken openly about his battles with addiction, telling GQ in 2013 that his substance usage would “sabotage [his] whole life” if he did not seek treatment.
“I think work was getting f–ked up. 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” he stated at the time.
“The more steps I do to not do that, the farther I am away from fulfilling any potential I would have.”