Actors, they may seem like they’re another species that come from another planet, but in reality, they’re just like us– they also have flaws, such as addiction-related bad habits. The only difference is that famous people actually have the money to afford their vices and bad habits, which potentially makes those habits all the more dangerous.
From childhood stars to veteran character actors, from A-listers to supporting players, ever since the dawn of Hollywood, celebrities have had public bouts with substance abuse. Whether it be Lindsey Lohan or Robert Downey Jr., Matthew Perry or Amy Winehouse, scores of famous actors and actresses have spent some time in some sort of rehabilitation center trying to get over their bad habits.
However, while being a party animal is Robert Downey’s second most famous role after Tony Stark, some lucky few are able to sneak in and out of rehab without much attention from the paparazzi or public. Everybody knows Charlie Sheen has had a stint in rehab, but what about Dick Van Dyke? Didn’t think so– in fact, there are far more celebrities that you didn’t know went to rehab then ones you did.
So, without further ado, here are the 15 Actors You Never Knew Went To Rehab.
15. Samuel L. Jackson
Despite having one of the more serious Hollywood addiction problems, the legendary Samuel L Jackson handles speaking about his dark past just as well as anyone could.
In classic Jackson fashion, he’s rather blunt about those years, calling himself a drug addict, and saying that, despite the fact that he was “out of his mind a lot of the time,” he got by in Hollywood because he had a “good reputation” and “showed up on time, knew my lines, hit my marks.”
Jackson attributes his rise to fame due to getting clean, saying that addiction was his only obstacle. Once his addiction was out of the way, “it was boom, the door blew wide open”– and boy are we sure glad it did.
14. Ben Affleck
Just this past March, Ben Affleck, Batman himself, completed a rehab stint for alcohol addiction. This wasn’t the Academy Award winner’s first time in rehab, though, as he checked himself into Promises Malibu in 2001, also to treat alcohol abuse.
In a Facebook post, Affleck announced that he had completed treatment for his addiction to alcohol, something that he has dealt with before and might deal with again in the future. Affleck explained that he wanted his kids to know that there is “no shame in getting help when you need it.”
13. Daniel Radcliffe
As it turns out, even the world’s greatest wizards aren’t immune to alcoholism, as Daniel Radcliffe himself had a bout with the disease during his days as Harry Potter.
Back in 2012, Radcliffe, who says he suffers from an addictive personality, admitted that his alcohol abuse became so bad that it got to the point where he was drunk while filming Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.
While he said he never actually drank on the job, he did admit to showing up to work “still drunk.” As a result, Radcliffe says he can point to many scenes where he’s “just gone” and “dead behind the eyes.” However, Radcliffe rallied and quit drinking in August 2010, claiming that he hasn’t touched an alcoholic beverage since then.
12. Selena Gomez
No, Selena Gomez didn’t have some seedy cocaine addiction you never heard about. Although that’d be pretty wild if she did. Back in February 2014, world-famous singer and actress “voluntarily” spent time at The Meadows rehabilitation facility in Arizona.
This came just two months after Gomez canceled the Australian leg of her Stars Dance World Tour saying, “I need to spend some time on myself in order to be the best person I can be.”
Furthermore, prior to her stay at rehab, Gomez was undergoing treatment for her recent lupus diagnosis, so there were multiple factors causing Selena to need some time to herself, just like we all do.
11. Chevy Chase
Just because your body and mind ages, does not necessarily mean that all of your bad habits will automatically follow their lead. Chevy Chase proved this to be true, as the comedy actor checked himself into rehab last year due to an alcohol-related issue at the ripe age of 72.
Back in September of 2016, the Fletch and Caddyshack legend entered the Hazelden Addiction Treatment Center in Minnesota to deal with an alcohol-related issue, proving that no matter how old you may become, you can never quite escape your demons.
This was not Chase’s first stint in rehab, though, as the Saturday Night Live and National Lampoon alum previously checked himself into the Betty Ford drug rehabilitation center back in 1986 due to an addiction to painkillers.
10. Demi Moore
G.I. Jane and Ghost star Demi Moore also once checked herself into the Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah. Back in 2012, Moore was rushed to a hospital due to a substance abuse issue, and then later checked herself into Cirque Lodge to seek professional assistance for her problem. Her representatives told media that Moore checked into rehab “beause of the stresses in her life.”
Furthermore, they said that Moore chose to “seek professional assistance to treat her exhaustion and improve her overall health” and that she looked “forward to getting well and is grateful for the support of her family and friends.”
9. Jon Hamm
Jon Hamm, although pretty much perfect on the outside (and probably the inside too), is just as human as the rest of us.
Two years ago, the Mad Men star and Emmy Award-winning actor checked himself into rehab to help fight his battle with alcoholism. Following the series finale of his hit show Mad Men (in which one of the staples of Hamm’s character is being a drinker ), Hamm not only checked himself into rehab due to alcohol-related issues but also split with his partner of 18 years, Jennifer Westfeldt.
Following his stint in rehab, Hamm told Mr. Porter that there’s something to be said for “pulling yourself out for the grind and recalibrating the system,” and we can’t help but agree.
8. Zac Efron
This one is really quite obvious when you think about it, as checking yourself into rehab at some point is essentially a right of passage for handsome former childhood stars these days.
Zac Efron, who rapidly rose to fame back in 2006 thanks to Disney’s High School Musical, has actually gone on to put together a relatively respective career considering where he started from. He’s gone on to star alongside mega-talents like The Rock and Seth Rogen, butnot before checking himself into rehab.
Back in 2013, Efron checked himself into a rehabilitation facility, but not for the run-of-the-mill alcohol addiction. No, Efron was trying to kick a far pricier fix– he was battling a cocaine addiction while filming the frat comedy Neighbors with Seth Rogan. Talk about method acting.
7. Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato has overcome more struggles in her 25 years than most do in their entire lives as she’s battled drug and alcohol addiction, bipolar disorder, and an eating disorder.
Even before turning 21, Lovato was self-medicating with alcohol, cocaine, and the prescription painkiller OxyContin. This substance abuse eventually led to an infamous 2010 incident where she punched a backup dancer while on tour with the Jonas Brothers.
Following that fateful blow (no pun intended), Lovato checked herself into rehab for three months, where she was diagnosed and treated for bulimia and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She has since rebounded wonderfully and is now one of the biggest symbols of female resilience and body positivity in the world. Oh, and she’s also gone on to become one of the biggest popstars in the world.
6. Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman is an actor’s actor. In fact, he’s considered one of the finest actors of his generation, playing everything from a rock star to a gangster to a commissioner to even Winston Churchill. However, despite his place atop the acting world, there was a point in 1995 where he hit a low point, checking himself into rehab for alcohol abuse.
Following his stint in rehab, Oldman was candid about his condition, acknowledging his problems with alcohol in subsequent and referring to himself as a recovering alcoholic during 2001 interview with Charlie Rose.
Oldman currently lives a teetotal lifestyle, which is complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages. Oldman credits his success in beating his addiction to attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, an organization he praises to this day.
5. Gerard Butler
While Gerard Butler may have achieved physical perfection for his role as King Leonidas in 3oo, it came at a price, as the physical demands of the production and shoot caused him to become addicted to painkillers.
Back in 2012, the then 42-year-old Scottish actor checked himself into the Betty Ford Center in California to deal with an addiction to painkillers. Butler had reportedly begun taking the medication due to severe pain following the rigorous shooting of the Zack Synder epic 300. So, while his role as King Leonidas in 300 may have put Butler on the map, it didn’t come without a cost.
Butler’s rehab stay was a short one, though, as he was out in no time and has been addiction-free ever since.
4. Seann William Scott
Known for playing party animal man-children, Seann William Scott seems to have once brought his work home with him. Even today not much is known about Scott’s stay at rehab, as all his agent said at the time was that Scott “voluntarily admitted himself for proactive treatment to address health and personal issues.”
Whatever it was, it’s hard to blame Scott — as the old saying goes: life imitates art. So, when you play enough partiers in enough movies, sooner you’re going to turn into one.
Do you really think it’s just a coincidence that Zac Efron got addicted to cocaine while filming Neighbors or Angelina and Brad fell in love while shooting Mr & Mrs. Smith? If you pretend hard enough for long enough, sooner or later the role becomes a part of you.
3. James Gandolfini
James Gandolfini was one of the greatest actors of his generation and helped change television as we know it today. Who can ever forget the first time they saw The Sopranos finale?
However, just like Tony Soprano and his anxiety, Gandolfini wrestled with his own struggles during his far too short time on this Earth. In 2o02, it was revealed in court papers during his divorce from ex-wife Marcy Wudarski that the legendary actor began, but did not finish, at 28-day rehab stint in the year 2000, though it is unclear what for.
All that said, whatever Gandolfini’s demons may have been, we just hope that wherever he is now, he’s found peace with them. Rest in peace, James.
2. Eva Mendes
We can all agree that we need more Eva Mendes in our lives. Ever since she had (assumedly) perfect children with Ryan Gosling, it’s been all quiet on the Eva Mendes front, and frankly its unacceptable.
Back in 2008, Mendes, star of such films like Ghost Rider, Training Day, and We Own The Night, checked into the Cirque Lodge Rehab Center in Sundance to treat substance abuse issues. The Cirque Lodge has treated other famous celebrities over the years, such as Lindsey Lohan, Demi Moore, and Mary-Kate Olsen.
At the time, Mendes’s representatives said that she had been working hard for a year and “made a positive decision to take some much-needed time off to proactively attend to some personal issues that, while not critical, she felt deserved some outside professional support.”
1. John Stamos
Back in 2016, forever young-looking John Stamos was checked into rehab following a DUI. However, his rehab stint wasn’t for the run-of-the-mill alcohol, cocaine, or painkiller. No, Jesse from Full House was hooked on the sleeping pill Ambien, which he told Howard Stern was the “hardest to quit.”
“I was on some medications, antidepressants and that damn Ambien, I’m so happy to be off that. Completely off. I don’t take anything,” Stamos told Howard. “My memory was starting to get really f***ed up too, from that. Difficult to memorize scripts, I couldn’t remember names and places and things. And that was the hardest thing to kick, by the way. Booze, and whatever, that happened, but the Ambien was tough.”
Following his DUI arrest, Stamos checked himself into a 30-day in-patient rehab program and has been sober ever since.
Can you think of any other actors who are still struggling from or have surpassed their addictions and gone to rehab? Sound off in the comments.
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