The 47-year-old actor opened up about a difficult time in his life during his recent appearance on Amazon Music and Wondery’s SmartLess podcast, hosted by Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, and Sean Hayes.
During the interview, Cooper shared that he felt “so lost” during the time in his life when his career was floundering, between his time on Alias, which ended when he was 29, and filming The Hangover at 36.
“I was so lost and I was addicted to cocaine — that was the other thing,” he said, adding, “I severed my Achilles tendon right after I got fired-slash-quit Alias” and struggled with “zero self-esteem.”
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Cooper and Arnett went on to discuss times when they struggled with their emotional and mental health as recovering addicts. They both noted that becoming a dad positively affected each of their journeys to have healthy relationships with themselves.
“Fatherhood is … everything changed,” Cooper said. “Every single thing is absolutely shaded by, or brought into glorious colors, by the fact that I get to be a father to a wonderful human being.”
“You have this wonderful thing or breakthrough with a script, or you have a wonderful moment on this set or in an editing room … you have like 40 of those moments every day with your kid, that are that level of joy. That’s not spinning it, that’s just the truth.”
“I did find for me that one of the things that it does do is that it accelerates your work on yourself,” Arnett added of fatherhood, “because you want to not infect them with the crap you don’t have figured out.”
In a May 2021 interview with ELLE, she discussed their role as co-parents. “I never understood the term co-parenting,” she said. “When I’m with my daughter, I’m 100 percent a mother, and when she’s with her dad, he’s 100 percent her dad. Co-parenting is parenting.”