The actor dropped the bombshell during an interview with Elle.com, saying he can relate to his “Secrets and Lies” character — who’s a suspect in a child’s murder — because he too is “quietly tortured at times.”
“You know, depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child,” he revealed. “As you get older I think it decreases some, but 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.”
“It can ruin your f—king life,” he added. “I’d prefer to suffer through the sadness than to be a complete moron with no feelings [though].”
Ryan, who has two kids with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon and another with ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp, says if he could “un-feel” the feelings he would. Although he continues to struggle with depression, the actor says he’s found a silver lining.
“I’m way funnier than people know me to be,” he told the mag. “And it’s a dark humor, like a gallows humor. I think that’s where, if you do carry any of that sadness or depression, your humor does tend to be a little darker than most people.”