Bradley Cooper opens up about sobriety and challenges

In a recent episode of Running Wild With Bear Grylls: The Challenge, Oscar-winning actor Bradley Cooper shared his journey to sobriety and discussed his experiences in the entertainment industry. 

Cooper, 48, expressed his gratitude for achieving nearly two decades of sobriety after battling past addictions. He revealed that he got sober at 29 and has remained alcohol and drug-free for nearly 20 years.

During the episode, Cooper and British adventurer Bear Grylls explored the Wyoming canyons and engaged in a candid conversation. The actor touched upon his career, acknowledging the controversy around his portrayal of Leonard Bernstein in the Maestro biopic, where he faced backlash for wearing a prosthetic nose.

Cooper also discussed his past struggles with fame and addiction. He revealed that his personal challenges, including battling cocaine addiction and navigating the pressures of Hollywood, have informed his acting choices. In the film A Star Is Born, where he played a musician struggling with alcohol addiction, his own experiences lent depth to his performance.

The episode also delved into Cooper’s personal life, as he reflected on the loss of his father in 2011 due to lung cancer. This experience led him to confront his own mortality and subsequently reevaluate his perspective on life.

Furthermore, Cooper opened up about his role as a father to his six-year-old daughter, Lea, whom he shares with model Irina Shayk. He expressed his commitment to learning from past mistakes and fostering a healthy environment for his daughter.

Cooper’s journey through addiction, career challenges, and personal growth has shaped his perspective and approach to life. The actor’s upcoming Netflix biopic, Maestro, where he portrays composer Leonard Bernstein, showcases his multifaceted talents and dedication to his craft. Despite controversies and setbacks, Cooper’s resilience and self-discovery continue to inspire others. The biopic is set to premiere in select theatres in November, followed by a Netflix release on December 20.


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