Sam Worthington opened up about his battle with alcohol and it was an ultimatum from his wife, the model Lara Worthingtonthat kept him awake.
Speaking about his addiction for the first time, the Australian actor recalls developing alcoholism in 2009 following his success from the first film. Avatar movie.
In his candid interview with Diversity, the 46-year-old says the pressure of fame has come on him and he turns to alcohol to cope. However, Lara – whom he married in 2014 – says enough is enough.
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“‘You can do what you want, but I don’t have to be around’,” he recalls the model telling him, adding that she did so with “love, not anger.” or disappointed”.
Worthington recalls specific instances where he would often drink four or five glasses of champagne before hopping on first-class flights at the height of his career.
Out of habit, Worthington said Lara – nicknamed Bingle – told him she had never seen anyone drink so much before take-off.
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“I couldn’t see it. I thought it was normal,” he admitted. “I don’t like who I am. Alcohol helps me get through the day. Nine out of ten people can’t tell. They can smell me, but when they look at me, they can’t tell. I’m still talking doing my job – I just don’t think I did a very good job.”
Looking back, the British-born Australian said he drank a lot partly because of the drinking culture in Down Under.
“In Australia, it’s ingrained in society,” he said. “We don’t necessarily talk about AA and things like that. You don’t realize it’s a disease and you don’t understand that some people are just different.”
The actor says that drinking also gets him into trouble away from the camera as he struggles with losing his privacy.
In 2014, he was arrested for punching a photographer in the face during an outing in New York, and he admitted that he would also lose his temper if fans got too close.
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“I get mad when someone asks me to take a picture or take a picture of me,” he said. “If someone approached me, my anxiety would skyrocket.”
“The longer I drink, the more emotional and erratic I get. I don’t think I’m mean, exactly, but I can be aggressive and short-tempered.”
Worthington, who has three children with Lara: sons Rocket, seven, Racer, six, and River, two, have now been in rehab for eight years and the couple will celebrate their eighth wedding anniversary this month.
The couple got married in Melbourne in December 2014, just days before the New Year. The wedding took place just a year after they met in New York’s Central Park.
“We both attended a festival in Central Park in New York,” Lara previously revealed on Kyle & Jackie O Show. “I went there for a Cotton On event, and he was there with some of his friends… he was with Butler. What’s his name? Gerard Butler.”
Of their wedding, she told hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie ‘O’ Henderson: “It was very intimate, we just went to Melbourne where Sam’s family lives and it’s just our family. me – less than 10 people.”
If you, or someone you know, would like to speak privately with someone about addiction, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit approach. In the event of an emergency, call 000.
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