Bradley Cooper on drugs and alcohol: 'If I continued it, I was going to sabotage my whole life'
Between an Oscar nomination for "Silver Linings Playbook" and a starring role in the highly anticipated '70s crime drama "American Hustle," 2013 has been a big year for Bradley Cooper. But as he points out in GQ's January issue, things weren't always so rosy.
Sober for nearly a decade, Cooper remains mindful of how his drinking and drug use once held him back. "If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life," says the 37-year-old. "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," he says when asked if his addiction interfered with his job. "So the answer to that question, then, is: Yes, of course it hindered the work."
Once he put drugs and alcohol behind him, though, he saw himself in a new light. "I was doing these movies, and I got to meet Sandra Bullock and meet these people and work with them. And I'm sober, and I'm like, 'Oh, I'm actually myself. And I don't have to put on this air to be somebody else, and this person still wants to work with me? Oh, what the f--- is that about?'" he says. "I was rediscovering myself in this workplace, and it was wonderful."