Ryan Reynolds Admits He Does Most Interviews As Deadpool Now To Cope With Anxiety

Ryan Reynolds Admits He Does Most Interviews As Deadpool Now To Cope With Anxiety

At times it’s hard to separate Ryan Reynolds the actor from his larger-than-life screen persona as Deadpool. 

He posts things from his own social media accounts that seem to be in the voice of his character:

Shows up at his personal friends’ homes in full costume:

And is a wise-cracking fool on Twitter, just like Deadpool is in every screen appearance:

In a new interview with the New York Times, Reynolds admits this isn’t an accident. He explains he has anxiety, and has dealt with it in a variety of ways.

“I have anxiety, I’ve always had anxiety,” he explains. “Both in the lighthearted ‘I’m anxious about this’ kind of thing, and I’ve been to the depths of the darker end of the spectrum, which is not fun.”

Being the face of a huge Marvel movie franchise has exacerbated it at times, especially because his turn as Green Lantern tanked at the box office.

“When there’s built-in expectation, your brain always processes that as danger,” he said.

So, how does he deal? Reynolds admits that there was a time in his twenties when he dealt with his anxiety by partying.

“I was partying and just trying to make myself vanish in some way,” he said. Reynolds turned away from self-medicating after losing friends to overdoses, though he still was wrecked with anxiety at times.

Being in the spotlight means encountering anxiety triggers all the time, from interviews to appearance on TV, plus all the big budget shoot days. Reynolds claims he meditates, usually with the help of an app. But he also claims to do a lot of his interviews in character as Deadpool, though the people interviewing him may not realize it.

“When the curtain opens, I turn on this knucklehead, and he kind of takes over and goes away again once I walk off set,” he said. “That’s that great self-defense mechanism. I figure if you’re going to jump off a cliff, you might as well fly.”

It’s great that Reynolds is talking about a common problem for people that often goes overlooked or untreated, though few people can lean as heavily on actually being Deadpool for relief. But the character means a lot to a lot of people.

Reynolds has brought his Deadpool persona to special events for kids, and invited Make-A-Wish participants to set so they could meet their hero.

He’s also visited hospitals as Deadpool with fellow Avenger, Chris Pratt:

Ryan Reynolds has super powers, and he’s willing to share them on screen and in real life.

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Mom's Brutally Honest Facebook Post On Parenting With Depression And Anxiety Is Going Viral

Cierra Fortner is a 21-year-old mother of one who suffers from depression, anxiety, and is a two-time suicide survivor. Parenting isn’t easy for anyone, let alone someone who suffers from mental health disorders. 

So when a Walmart employee recently complimented her on her son’s behavior, Fortner wanted to explain the issue she faces, but couldn’t find the words. Instead, she took to Facebook where her post has acquired more than 160,000 likes and 92,000 shares. 

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Fortner begins:

“Today I was at Walmart doing my weekly Friday shopping when the cashier says to me “I see you in here all the time, your kids are always dressed cute, behaving and you just seem to have it all together” at the time I just thanked her and giggled because that’s far from the truth but as I drove home there was more I wanted her to know about me.”

Fortner explained to the Kansas City Star that she has been battling depression since her mother died in 2010. And that a month after she gave birth to her son, Jayce, postpartum depression led her to attempt suicide. A few years later, she was diagnosed with a personality disorder. 

“I want her to know I battle a personality disorder everyday with anxiety and depression mixed and I’m a two times suicide survivor.”

“I want her to know that I can’t always get myself up off the couch to feed them anything more than frozen pizza and cereal.”

The Walmart employee made the comment on a bad day for Fortner. The compliment rang hollow, and Fortner decided to let her thoughts known when she got home. 

“I want her to know that my son is late for school 3 out of 4 days because I regularly forget what day and time it is, despite the toddler size calendar in my kitchen.”

“I want her to know I have those “I’m losing my shit” moments when I have to lock myself in the bathroom and cry.”

“I want her to know I wasn’t always the most active mom because I use to work 80 hours a week and go to school full time and Jayce spent many days and nights with his grandparents.”

“I want her to know that I hadn’t washed my hair in 3 days and my kids hadn’t had a bath in 2.”

But then, the post started going viral. Fortner says she’s been contacted by people around the world who are going through the same thing. The one line that clicked with other moms: her confession about locking herself in the bathroom to cry.

“I want her to know that I was trying to hurry out of there because I had forgot the diaper bag at home and Brenton was hungry.”

“I want her to know that once we got to the parking lot the “well behaved” child decided to stand up in the cart and I wasn’t paying attention and barely caught him as he almost hit the concrete.”

“But most importantly I want her to know I don’t have it together and may never have it all together. I don’t know a mother out there that has it all together but everything we do is done with love for our children and that right there makes you the perfect mom and in our children’s eyes we most definitely have it all together.”

“From one exhausted mom to another, you’re doing great, have that melt down, let your kids eat the crap out of that cereal and take care of yourself always.”

Fortner explained further:

“Mommies feel it a lot,” she said, “like they have to keep it together. Like if we don’t keep it together we’re failures. But it’s OK to have your moments to break.”

And yes, when she finished writing, she put the groceries away.

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This Blind Goat With Anxiety Is Only Calm When She's In Her Duck Onesie

Polly is a rescue goat who lives with Leanne Lauricella of Goats of Anarchy, a sanctuary that looks after goats with special needs. Polly has a laundry list of quirks, suffering from anxiety as well as blindness and neurological problems. 

One day, Leanne was shopping around Halloween-time and spotted a child’s duck costume. Since Polly is only calm when she’s wrapped in a blanket, she figured it might be an easier way to comfort her. It was. 

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After the duck costume worked like a charm, she decided to buy her a few others too…

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This is honestly the greatest thing i’ve ever witnessed. 

AND JUST LOOK AT ALL HER FRIENDS

If you want to keep Polly in onesies as she grows up, you can donate to Goats of Anarchy here.

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