Ewan McGregor admits getting sober gave him ‘joy and happiness’ he never knew before as he discusses playing an addict on Halston  


Ewan McGregor has revealed that staying calm brought him ‘joy and happiness and peace’ he never knew before.

The 50-year-old actor, who has been sober for more than two decades after battling alcoholism, discusses his addiction with Pedro Pascal. Actor of Variety on Actor Series Actor.

In his new TV series Halston, Evan plays American fashion designer Roy Halston, who almost lost everything when he became addicted to alcohol.

Honest: Ewan McGregor reveals that staying calm brought him ‘joy and happiness and peace’ he never knew before

The film star previously played a heroin addict in the 1996 film Trainspotting, although he had no problems with his addiction until after filming.

On filming Trainspotting, Evan said: ‘I didn’t know I would end up with addiction problems myself then. I got sober in 2000.

‘So now, when I’m looking at characters who are addicts, I look at it through a different lens of understanding more. An everyday part of my life is being calm.

‘But at the same time, it’s quite the important part because it has given me the kind of joy and happiness and peace that I didn’t have before the calm.

Role: In his new TV series Halston, Evan played American fashion designer Roy Halston, who almost lost everything when he became addicted to alcohol.

Role: In his new TV series Halston, Evan played American fashion designer Roy Halston, who almost lost everything when he became addicted to alcohol.

‘It’s interesting to do all those lines of Coke and all those cigarettes and shots that Halston was doing and just glad they weren’t real. Just being happy about it, but understanding it.’

Evan recalled how he and the rest of Trainspotting’s cast were shown how heroin was used in preparation for the film.

He said: ‘When I was doing Trainspotting, I worked with some extraordinary people. Glasgow has a club called Calton Athletic Club and is a recovery group.

‘They have meetings, they support each other and they play football. We worked with those guys, and we had a drug consultant.

Candid: The 50-year-old actor, who has been sober for more than two decades after battling alcoholism, discusses addiction to the actors of Variety on the Actors series with Pedro Pascal

Candid: The 50-year-old actor, who has been sober for more than two decades after battling alcoholism, discusses addiction to the actors of Variety on the Actors series with Pedro Pascal

‘We were given all the things needed to cook a shot of heroin, like a little cigarette lighter and a spoon and matches and some bicarb soda and a pretense of heroin.

‘He showed you how to do it, and then he’d walk up and down because we’re all trying to do it. He’d be like, ‘More bicarb. This is not enough heroin.’ it was very funny.’

Pedro added: ‘A tutorial on how to shoot.’

Evan said he signed on to do Halston, which premiered on Netflix in May, after meeting with Dan Minahan, the show’s director.

Past: He had previously played a heroin addict in the 1996 film Trainspotting, although he himself did not have a drug problem until after filming.

Past: He had previously played a heroin addict in the 1996 film Trainspotting, although he himself did not have a drug problem until after filming.

He said: ‘I had one of those afternoons where my agent had some meetings. I rarely go to the actual agency, but I went there, they put me in a room, and I met three directors one after the other, all trying to raise money for different projects.

“The first man through the door was Dan Minahan, who directed Halston’s entire series. And he started talking about a man I’d never heard of, like the most famous person I’d ever known.

‘I only want to work with people where I’m being taken somewhere creatively, or pulled in one direction or another.

‘The second I started talking with Dan, I thought he was someone who would do this to me. I felt as if I had already trusted him.

On filming Trainspotting, Evan said: 'I didn't know I would end up with addiction problems myself then.  I Calm Down in 2000' (pictured in Trainspotting, 1996)

On filming Trainspotting, Evan said: ‘I didn’t know I would end up with addiction problems myself then. I Calm Down in 2000’ (pictured in Trainspotting, 1996)

This comes as Evan recently revealed how he is ‘not judgmental’ about addiction because he himself has been through it.

Speaking on CBS Sunday Morning, he said: ‘I understand it, addiction. And I’m not judgmental about it, you know?

‘Cause I’ve been walking that path for so many years, and it’s so clever and you…

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