June 15, 2022 – “I was so lost and I was addicted to cocaine,” Cooper shared. “Will took that risk of having that hard conversation with me in July of 2004 and that put me on a path of deciding to change my life. It truly was Will Arnett. he is the reason.”

He also noted how “grateful” he is to have started the journey before he reached. The “Silver Linings Playbook” star said between 29 to 34 he worked hard at sobriety and has had an ongoing journey of self-acceptance thanks to therapy.

“Quite honestly today I can sit in front of you and tell you I have self-esteem and it’s not related to any outside thing. I didn’t have that for 46 years,” Cooper said. 

Fatherhood to his daughter Lea, whom he shares with his ex-girlfriend Irina Shayk, has also been transformative for the actor.

“Everything changed,” he said. “Every single thing is absolutely shaded by or brought out in glorious colors by the fact that I get to be a father to a wonderful human being. It’s just the absolute greatest thing.”


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