He shot to fame in the 1990s, with his zany brand of comedy winning him a legion of fans as he starred in one blockbuster film after another.
But Jim Carrey has revealed that during the height of his fame, he was quietly battling depression – a condition which he now insists he has largely overcome.
During an interview, published in the latest edition of i, the 55-year-old screen star said that he’s now ‘sometimes happy’, explaining: ‘At this point, I don’t have depression. There is not an experience of depression.
The often invisible illness: Jim Carrey has revealed that he’s been quietly battling depression
‘I had that for years, but now, when the rain comes, it rains, but it doesn’t stay. It doesn’t stay long enough to immerse me and drown me anymore.’
Once one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, the Canadian star – who is currently embroiled in a wrongful death lawsuit surrounding his late ex-girlfriend Cathriona White – isn’t concerned about the public legacy he’ll leave behind.
‘I’m free of the business. I’m not the business,’ he said. ‘I don’t care what people think of me after I die. All I want is for people to think of me as a good energy here, a nice fragrance that has been left behind.’
Battle: The 55-year-old screen star insisted during his interview with i that he has largely overcome his depression
And with that comes a lack of regrets over the career he’s enjoyed, which spanned decades and secured him a place in the upper echelons of Tinseltown.
He said: ‘I’m perfectly fine with everything that has happened, even the horrible s**t you know, in life and in art. There is a lot of satisfaction about looking back at those things.’
However, he went on to say that there are still clouds hanging over him, explaining: ‘What’s happening is really good, but there is some really bad in there too.
Spells of joy: Despite saying he’s overcome depression, the Canadian actor admitted that he’s only ‘sometimes happy’
‘Some people have come at me in the last couple of years with the intent of breaking off a piece of the Holy Grail for themselves, but the Grail isn’t a thing that you can break off. So they’re going to learn that the hard way. It’s not pleasant.’
The multiple Golden Globe winner recently released the documentary Jim & Andy: The Story Of Jim Carrey And Andy Kaufman Featuring A Very Special Contractually Obligated Mention Of Tony Clifton, which tells the story of Jim staying in character throughout the production process for critically acclaimed film Man on the Moon.
And the star revealed that the risks he took in making the 1999 film are similar to the ones he takes while pursuing his favourite hobby of painting.
Lauded: Jim won acclaim for his portrayal of Andy Kaufman in the movie Man On The Moon
‘Everything I do risks the total destruction of the piece,’ he explained. ‘I’m often going, “God damn it, if this doesn’t work, I’ve put so much effort into this painting.”
‘But if you don’t do it, you’ll never reach some sublime thing, you know something that will really touch someone. Those are always the risks that go to the edge of destroying something you really care about.’
This in an extract from the full interview with Jim Carrey, available to read in this Friday’s issue of the i.
Continuing to make his mark: Also during the interview, Jim revealed that he’s an avid painter