Ryan Phillippe On His Depression: “I’m Just Innately Kind Of A Sad Person”

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Ryan Phillippe Depression

By Minyvonne Burke

Ryan Phillippe Depression

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Ryan Phillippe reveals he’s had a lifelong struggle with depression. “You know depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child. As you get older I think it decreases some, but I’m just innately kind of a sad person,” says Phillippe, who now stars on ABC’s “Secrets and Lies,” in which he plays a man wrongly accused of murdering a little boy.

He tells Elle.com, “I’m empathetic, and I take on the feelings of others and transpose myself into the position of others.” The 40-year-old actor adds, “It’s just, some people do have this pervading sort of sadness, or they’re so analytical that they can kind of take the fun out of things because they think too much.”

Even though Phillippe says depression could “ruin your f*cking life,” he also thinks it has helped shape him. “If it was a choice between being this way or being completely ignorant I’d prefer to suffer through the sadness than to be a complete moron with no feelings,” says the actor.

Despite Phillippe’s battle with depression, he feels he’s “funnier than people know me to be.” Phillippe says he has “a dark humor, like a gallows humor. I think that’s where, if you do carry any of that sadness or depression, your humor does tend to be a little darker than most people.” What do you think of Phillippe opening up about his depression?

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