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Ryan Phillippe on feminism, fatherhood and depression

The actor opens up about his battle with depression in a new interview
Ryan Phillippe on feminism, fatherhood and depression

The actor opens up about his battle with depression in a new interview.

Ryan, 40, revealed he has battled the “huge obstacle” of depression since he was a child.

“I’m just innately kind of a sad person. I’m empathetic, and I take on the feelings of others and transpose myself into the position of others,” he told Elle.

He also revealed he is a proud feminist and touched on Patricia Arquette’s very public call for wage equality during her Oscars acceptance speech this year, saying he was a “big supporter”.

“I’m so pro, pro female,” he said.

“There were some people laughing at Patricia Arquette’s statement at the Oscars, but, in the state of California, women make 83 cents on the dollar compared to the man’s full dollar. I mean over time, and over bodies, that adds up! It’s not equal!”

To date, one of Ryan’s most iconic roles has been in Cruel Intentions, where he co-starred opposite his now ex-wife Reese Witherspoon. Recently, he was able to share a special moment with Reese and their children Ava, 15, and Deacon, 11, in one of the New York locations where they shot the movie.

“There was this cool moment where we took the kids for a walk in Central Park, the same place where we shot Cruel Intentions, and we were like, ‘This is where Mom and I did this scene,’ and the kids were like, ‘Really?!'” he told Elle.

“They haven’t seen the movie, obviously, but we were like, ‘You know, this is where we worked shortly after Mom and I got together. We stood on the exact bridge where Reese and I had a scene. It was a sweet, cool thing.”

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