Bradley Cooper Talks Alcohol Addiction in GQ January 2014

Posted Tuesday December 17, 2013 10:50 AM GMT

He's gearing up for the premiere of his highly anticipated flick "American Hustle" and during promotions, Bradley Cooper fronted the January 2014 issue of GQ magazine.

The 38-year-old actor suited up in designer duds from Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton for the Peggy Sirota-shot spread while chatting about his previous alcohol addiction.

Check out GossipCenter's recap of Mr. Cooper's Q&A session below. For more, be sure to visit GQ!

On his fight against alcoholism:
"If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life. I mean it has to have [affected my work]. And to this day, of course, because it's a life experience. And all I do is bring life experience. That's all anybody does. It's inescapable. [Work was getting f***ed up] in a way that if- 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. Yes, of course it hindered the work."

On his film choices after getting sober:
"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 fuck is that about?’ I was rediscovering myself in this workplace, and it was wonderful. Now, in the back of my head, or in a place of my heart of, like, creativity, did I feel utterly fulfilled? Absolutely not. But I was grateful and happy to be working, and filling that void in smaller moments."

On his role on "Alias":
"I would only work three days a week. And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, 'Ugh.' And then next thing you know, I was like, 'I want to f***ing kill myself.' J.J. [Abrams] was like, ‘Okay.’ He probably would’ve fired me, anyway."

On his nomination for "Silver Linings Playbook:
"Did I want to win it? I never thought that I would ever win it. So it wasn’t even a question of that."

Photo Credit: Peggy Sirota for GQ