Ryan Phillippe has played many tortured characters in his career, but it turns out that he can be one himself.
In a revealing interview for Elle posted last Friday, the 40-year-old opens up about his history of depression.
The Secrets And Lies star admits:
"You know, depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child. 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."
He even confesses that he has passed along this illness to his and Reese Witherspoon's 15-year-old daughter Ava:
[Image via Kathryn Friedman/Elle.com.]