Jim Carrey is grateful that he is able to express his pain and transform difficult experiences from his life into art through acting.
The Canadian-American actor stars in the hit Showtime series Kidding, where he plays the character of Jeff, known as Mr. Pickles, who hosts a popular children’s puppet show and struggles to maintain his sanity after the death of his son.
Speaking to reporters from Gold Derby about the challenges that come with the role, the Dumb and Dumber star admitted that, although revisiting traumatic times in his life is “not a comfortable thing to do”, he is grateful that he can put the experiences to good use.
“Every hit, every wound becomes art,” the star reflected. “Thank God I’m in a position somehow in my life where I can alchemize the things that happen to me.”
Carrey, who has spoken publicly in the past about his ongoing battle with depression, went on to consider that the role found him at a time in his life where he was able to reflect on his negative experiences and channel them in a positive way.
“I think things find you when you’re ready to do them,” the 57-year-old stated. “I had been dragged over broken glass and to the bottom of the Marianas Trench, and I was no longer swimming in the shallow end. So this script found me (at the right time).”
His comments come more than three years after the death of his former girlfriend Cathriona White.
She died of a prescription drug overdose at the age of September 30, 2015.