April 4, 2012

Colin Farrell: I was terrified of getting sober

Colin Farrell says he’s having more fun in his life now that he’s sober, but it wasn’t easy getting there. He feared the thought of sobriety when he was still in the grips of his addiction.

The Irish actor appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show this week and opened up about his love life, sobriety and his new joy found in yoga. With seven years of sobriety under his belt, Farrell says he’s grateful for his new life as he realized how “tiring” his addiction was.

He even explained to DeGeneres that he probably appeared on her show more than a few times drunk or hung-over in the past.

“I’m really grateful to be present in my life,” Farrell says of his current state.

 But there was a fear of losing his acting talent that kept him from sobriety for so long.

“I was terrified [of being sober] because, I'm not saying I was a great actor before or a great actor since, but I was terrified that whatever my capacity was as an actor beforehand, however little or large — it would completely disappear.

“I [subscribed] to the notion that to be able to express yourself in an artistic form in life, you have to live in perpetual pain, and it’s nonsense. There's enough pain in the world, you don’t have to live in it.”

In addition to feeling more present, Farrell says he laughs easily in everyday life.

Click here to watch the interview with Colin Farrell.

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