During it the actor revealed that he has been plagued with nervousness, fear and anxiety throughout his life.
âI have anxiety, Iâve always had anxiety,â he explained, noting that he still feels like heâs about to throw up before every talk-show appearance. âBoth in the light-hearted âIâm anxious about thisâ kind of thing, and Iâve been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun.â
To help cope with the anxiety during major press tours now, Reynolds conducts most of his interviews in-character, acting as Deadpool instead of himself.
âWhen the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set,â he said.
âThatâs that great self-defence mechanism,â Reynolds continued. âI figure if youâre going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.â
Reynolds admitted that following the success of Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place, a sitcom he starred in in his 20s, he entered a âreal unhinged phaseâ and self-medicated to deal with crippling anxiety. However, he stopped when a few friends died of overdoses.
In an interview with Variety last year, Reynolds also spoke about his anxiety and revealed that his wife, Blake Lively, helped him deal with the stress of working on the first Deadpool movie. âBlake helped me through that,â he said. âIâm lucky to have her around just to keep me sane.â