“I hope everybody could get rich and famous and will have everything they ever dreamed of, so they will know that it’s not the answer.” – Jim Carrey
James Eugene “Jim” Carrey (1962 – present) is a Canadian-American actor and comedian best known for his huge box office success in comedies, like “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “The Mask.” He also delivered acclaimed performances in different genres, like “The Truman Show,” “Man on the Moon,” and “Eternal Sunshine on a Spotless Mind.”
Carrey got his start in comedy at a young age of 15, but it was in 1994 when he got his big break in the comedy “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.” His energetic slapstick performance, uncanny impressions, and wild antics kept the hits coming and cemented his name into Hollywood history. His dramatic performances were equally riveting, earning him 2 Golden Globe awards for Best Actor.
Yet despite his continued success and highly energetic persona, Carrey has battled major depression for a significant portion of time. He admitted to taking Prozac as medication in the past, and even recounted has battle against depression in several interviews. Now he’s attributing his renewed sense of purpose in life from being spiritual and living in the moment. In an interview he said, “If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret.”
To fight depression, Carrey maintains his positive outlook by avoiding alcohol and drugs, staying busy, accepting the “peaks” and “valleys” of his life, and embracing his spiritual nature. Although his success undoubtedly gave him a better life, it was through his own personal efforts that he found a deeper sense of contentment.