Ewan McGregor describes the ‘joy and happiness’ found after struggles with alcohol

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Ewan McGregor has revealed that he had a newfound sense of "joy and happiness and peace" following sobriety.

The Scottish actor admitted that he had struggled with alcohol issues in the past but has now been sober for over two decades.

The 50-year-old plays fashion designer Roy Halston in his new TV series Halston. The story shows how the American nearly lost everything when he became addicted to alcohol.

He had also previously portrayed a heroin addict in the 1996 film Trainspotting, although he didn't have addiction issues until after filming.

And Ewan discussed addiction with Pedro Pascal for Variety's Actors on Actors series.

He admitted that he never thought he'd end up addicted to alcohol but has been sober since 2000.

Ewan McGregor says being sober brought him new 'joy and happiness'
(Image: Variety)

He said: "When I'm looking at characters who are addicts, I look at it through a different lens of understanding it more. An everyday part of my life is being sober.

"But at the same time, it's quite an important part because it's given me such joy and happiness and peace in a way I didn't have before I was sober.

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

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Ewan revealed that the cast of Trainspotting were shown how to use heroin. He told how a club in Glasgow called the Calton Athletic club is a recovery group which he worked with.

He continued: "They have meetings, they help each other with support and they play soccer. We worked with those guys, and we had a drug adviser.

"We were all given the things we would need to cook up a shot of heroin, like a little cigarette lighter and a spoon and matches and some bicarb soda and pretend heroin."

Ewan McGregor stars in Halston
(Image: ATSUSHI NISHIJIMA/NETFLIX)

He revealed that they'd walk up and down the line of actors to make sure they were acting it out correctly.

His latest comments come after he had told CBS Sunday Morning that he's not judgmental about addiction.

"'Because I've walked that path for so many years, and it's very cunning and you will absolutely live in denial, you know?," he said. "People can't see it.'

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And he had previously told People magazine he started off as a "happy drunk" but soon became miserable through alcohol.

"Originally I was a happy drunk. But later I was miserable because it’s a depressant. I was just ashamed of myself, really," he confessed.

*Frank offers confidential advice about drugs and addiction (email [email protected], message 82111 or call 0300 123 6600) or the NHS has information about getting help.

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