Before Bradley Cooper was making a name for himself on the big screen (‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ ‘American Hustle’) and scoring Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, he was busy starring as Will Tippin on ABC’s spy drama ‘Alias,' alongside Jennifer Garner, Victor Garber and Michael Vartan.
While fans might have loved (okay, well massively loved and immediately fell in love with those sparkling blue eyes), it seems Cooper did not enjoy his time on set.
In a recent interview with GQ, Cooper says, “I would only work three days a week. And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, ‘Ugh.’ And then next thing you know, I was like, ‘I want to f***ing kill myself.’”
‘Alias’ fans are quite aware how less and less prominent journalist Will Tippin became as the series went on, which, admittedly, I was not happy about. Apparently, Cooper wasn’t either.
Despite being advised against leaving the show (which ran for five seasons), Cooper decided it was time to leave, so he asked creator J.J. Abrams to please write him off. Obviously, Abrams said, “Okay.” Cooper also adds, “He probably would’ve fired me, anyway.”
After ‘Alias,’ Cooper even thought about leaving the acting biz, “At some point, you have to come to terms with 'The business just doesn’t want you,' you know what I mean?"
His alcohol and drug use also contributed with his struggle, but, as we all know, he turned his life around, "If I continued it, I was really going to sabotage my whole life.” He adds, "I think work was getting f***ed up. … The one thing that I've learned in life is the best thing I can do is embrace who I am and then do that to the fullest extent, and then whatever happens, happens. The more steps I do to not do that, the farther I am away from fulfilling any potential I would have."