Ewan McGregor admits being sober gave him “joy and happiness” he had never known before
Ewan McGregor revealed that being sober gave him “joy, happiness and peace” that he had never known before.
The actor, 50, who has been sober for more than two decades after battling alcohol, discussed addiction with Pedro Pascal for Variety Actors on Actors series.
In his new Halston TV series, Ewan portrays American fashion designer Roy Halston who lost almost everything when he became addicted to alcohol.
Honest: Ewan McGregor revealed that getting sober gave him “joy, happiness and peace” that he had never known before
The movie star previously played a heroin addict in the 1996 film Trainspotting, although she did not experience addiction issues herself until after filming.
Ewan said of the filming of Trainspotting: “I had no idea that I would end up with addiction issues on my own at that point. I got sober in 2000.
“So now when I look at characters who are addicted, I look at it from a different perspective to better understand it. Being sober is a daily part of my life.
“But at the same time, it’s a pretty important part because it gave me such joy, happiness and peace that I didn’t have before I was sober.
Role: In his new TV series Halston, Ewan plays American fashion designer Roy Halston who lost almost everything when he became addicted to alcohol.
“It’s interesting doing all those coke lines and all those cigarettes and shots that Halston was doing and just being happy they weren’t real.” Just be happy about it, but figure it out.
Ewan recalled how he and the rest of the cast of Trainspotting learned how to use heroin in preparation for the film.
He said: “When I was doing Trainspotting I worked with some really amazing guys. There’s a club in Glasgow called the Calton Athletic club and it’s a recovery group.
“They have meetings, they help each other and they play football. We worked with these guys and we had a drug counselor.
Candide: The 50-year-old actor, who has been sober for more than two decades after battling alcohol, discussed addiction with Pedro Pascal for Variety’s Actors on Actors series
“We were all given the things we would need to prepare a dose of heroin, like a small lighter, a spoon and matches and baking soda and mock heroin.
“He demonstrated how you would do it and then he went up and down the line as we all try to do it. He would say, ‘No more baking soda. It’s not enough heroin. It was so funny. ‘
Pedro added: “A tutorial on how to shoot.”
Ewan said he signed for Halston, which premiered on Netflix in May, after meeting show director Dan Minahan.
Past: He also previously played a heroin addict in the 1996 film Trainspotting, although he himself only experienced addiction issues after filming.
He said, “I had one of those afternoons where my agent had a few meetings. I very rarely go to the agency itself, but I went there, they put me in a room, and I met three directors, one after the other, who were all trying to raise funds. for different projects.
“The first person to walk through the door was Dan Minahan, who ran the entire Halston series. And he started talking about this man I had never heard of, like the most famous person I had ever known.
“I just want to work with people where I’m going to be brought somewhere creatively, or pulled in one direction or another.
“The second I started talking with Dan, I felt like he was someone who would do this with me. I felt like I trusted him already.
Ewan said of the filming of Trainspotting: “I had no idea I would end up with addiction issues on my own then. I got sober in 2000 ‘(pictured in Trainspotting, 1996)
It comes after Ewan recently said he was “not passing judgment” on drug addiction because he experienced it himself.
Speaking on CBS Sunday Morning, he said, “I get it, addiction. And I’m not passing judgment on that, you know?
“Because I’ve walked this path for so many years, and it’s very tricky and you’ll absolutely live in denial, you know?” People can’t see it.
Ewan already said People he was a “happy drunkard” at first, but later felt that alcohol made him “miserable”.
He said: “I was originally a happy drunk. But later I was unhappy because he’s a depressant. I was just ashamed of myself, really.
Health: This comes after Ewan recently said he is “not passing judgment” on drug addiction because he has experienced it himself