On his new ABC crime drama “Secrets and Lies,” Ryan Phillippe plays a tormented man suspected of a young boy’s murder. It’s definitely a mentally demanding role, but it’s one that the 40-year-old actor says he can relate to because of his own demons.
In a recent interview with Elle.com, Phillippe opened up about his lifelong struggle with depression and feeling “quietly tortured at times.”
“You know, depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child,” he said. “As you get older I think it decreases some, but I'm just innately kind of a sad person. I'm empathetic, and I take on the feelings of others and transpose myself into the position of others.”
But the Cruel Intentions leading man also said that carrying the heavy weight of depression has its upside. "There's great value to it, but it can also ruin your f--king life," he explained. "But, that being said, if it was a choice between being this way or being completely ignorant I'd prefer to suffer through the sadness than to be a complete moron with no feelings.”
The father of three also admitted he thinks dealing with depression makes his sense of humor “darker,” but he considers that to be a positive as well.
"I'm way funnier than people know me to be. And it's a dark humor, like a gallows humor," Phillippe said. "I think that's where, if you do carry any of that sadness or depression, your humor does tend to be a little darker than most people.
"And the greatest comedians do— trust me. I know so many of them,” he continued, citing Louis C.K. as a big inspiration. “And they're depressed and they're dark and they have this incredible gift of humor to offer others and also, probably, therapeutically themselves.”
Phillippe has proved time and time again on Twitter that he definitely has an awesome sense of humor, and we only hope he continues to find the bright side and keeps blessing us with gems like these.