Earlier than racking up seven Academy Award nominations, a Tony nomination and two Grammy Award wins, the Philadelphia native labored his method up from guest-starring roles on among the most well-known tv sequence of the early 2000s. His huge break was a small function on a 1999 episode of Intercourse and the Metropolis, the place he drunkenly fumbled his method by way of a scene with Sarah Jessica Parker.
Two years later, Cooper discovered a steadier place on ABC’s cult basic Alias. He performed native reporter Will Tippin, finest pal to Jennifer Garner’s Sydney Bristow, till the sequence resulted in 2006. The New College grad’s function turned much less and fewer important, nonetheless, because the present went on. He was so distraught by the change that he even requested showrunner J.J. Abrams to jot down his character out of the sequence fully.
It was round this similar time that Cooper began to appreciate he was abusing alcohol and different substances to deal with life as a struggling actor. The Silver Linings Playbook star made a promise to himself in 2004 to remain sober after an evening of heavy partying landed him within the hospital.
“I used to be so involved what you considered me, how I used to be coming throughout, how I’d survive the day. I at all times felt like an outsider. I simply lived in my head,” Cooper instructed the Hollywood Reporter in 2012. “I noticed I wasn’t going to stay as much as my potential, and that scared the hell out of me. I believed, ‘Wow, I’m really gonna wreck my life. I’m actually gonna wreck it.’”
From that second on, Cooper was primed for fulfillment. His scene-stealing function in 2009’s The Hangover made him a nationwide hit. The American Hustle star pivoted to extra dramatic roles quickly after, changing into an awards season staple and incomes his first Oscar nomination in 2013.
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