Bradley Cooper is now one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, but once upon a time, he almost left the business behind.
In a new interview with “GQ,” the “American Hustle” star also opens up about his struggles with drugs and alcohol and why he decided to get sober.
Though his role on ABC’s hit “Alias” should have been his big break, his character as one of Sydney’s (Jennifer Garner) civilian friends continued to get pushed to the side.
“I would only work three days a week. And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined,” he said. “I was like, ‘Ugh.’ And then next thing you know, I was like, ‘I want to f***ing kill myself.’”
Cooper asked creator J.J. Abrams to be written off the show, and soon, after, he almost quit acting.
“At some point, you have to come to terms with ‘The business just doesn’t want you,’ you know what I mean?” he asked.
At the age of 29, he decided to get sober, stating that “if I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life.”
After starring in “Wedding Crashers” and recurring on “Nip/Tuck,” Cooper landed his true big break, his role of Phil in 2009’s “The Hangover.”