Gary Oldman reveals how he embraced sobriety after realizing he would die from drinking
Gary Oldman, the 65-year-old actor known for his roles in movies like ‘Slow Horses’, opened up about his decision to quit drinking over 25 years ago. He admitted that his career made it difficult for him to find time to drink, and he used to prioritize his habit over everything else in his life. Oldman shared his story with Candis magazine, reflecting on the influence of his absent father and his downward spiral into alcoholism.
“Although my father left when I was very young, I still had that blueprint,” Oldman said. “He hadn’t had his influence since he was seven years old, but he was still doing all those things as if he had been there all along. I was drinking two bottles of vodka a day, and you get to a point where you put the drink before everything else. So here was the drinking at the front and my family, my children, and my job at the back.”
Oldman confessed that he was bothered by the fact that his acting job interfered with his drinking. He knew that he was spiraling out of control and would eventually die if he didn’t make a change. “When you get to that point, you have to choose,” he said. “Nobody can do it for you. You have to help yourself and get to a point where you can say, ‘I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.’ It’s about changing thought patterns: you have to realize that your thinking is backwards and start over. It took me a long time, but you have to do it.”
Since his decision to embrace sobriety, Oldman has found happiness in his life. He is currently married to his fifth wife, Gisele Schmidt, and has three children from two previous marriages. Reflecting on his journey, he shared, “The older I get, the less I know. And that comforts me.”