Callum Turner has opened up about his ‘self-destructive’ past, admitting he ‘missed four years’ of his life because he was a ‘stoner’.
The Fantastic Beasts and War & Peace star, 29, stars in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, Emma, and revealed he had fought to break some of his bad habits.
Admitting he smoked a lot of cannabis as a teenager, Callum revealed to The Independent: ‘I was a big stoner. I used to smoke so much weed.
‘I was dealing with a depression or a frustration, and not having the understanding or the tools to deal with how I felt, so I self-medicated for too long.’
Callum admitted that he smoked marijuana between the ages of 18 and 26, claiming it ‘definitely stunted something’.
He revealed that while he stayed sober during work hours, his self-medicating meant he missed out on a few years of his life.
The actor explained: ‘The stuff in England is really… you get what you’re given. It’s not like in LA when you go to the weed version of the Apple Store and they’re like, “What do you wanna do tonight?”
‘I was acting, doing films, and smoking weed every day. I never smoked on set but as soon as I got home, I was like a real addict. I definitely missed four years of my life.’
He revealed that he eventually turned his life around after realising that smoking weed was making him miss out on moments and experiences in his life, and has since kicked the habit.
In Emma, he plays Frank Churchill, alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in the titular role, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy and Miranda Hart.
Emma is released in cinemas on 14 February.
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