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Christian Slater Reveals His Dad Suffers From Manic-Depressive Schizophrenia

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We greatly applaud his honesty!

In the recent issue of Interview Magazine, Christian Slater talks to his Nymphomanic director Lars Von Trier about his tumultuous relationship with his father, Michael Hawkins, who greatly suffers from a mental illness.

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The Heathers actor confesses:

"He's a manic-depressive schizophrenic… He's always had trouble—he was a fantastic actor and extraordinarily charismatic and very, very good looking, but he had a really difficult time working with directors, collaborating with people."

However, the 45-year-old's patriarch is taking responsibility for his actions and is:

"in a place now, getting a lot of help from someone."

In fact, Hawkins has reached out to his son to mend the wounds of their fractured past.

"[I]n the last few months my father actually reached out to me and wanted to reconcile and reconnect… I was very grateful to be able to communicate with him. From a tumultuous, back-and-forth relationship, we were able to begin to build a better bridge for the both of us. So that was good."

Nowadays, Slater is in a much better place in his life. Not only is he starring in the new USA drama Mr. Robot, he is happily married to Brittany Lopez and has a fruitful relationship with his two children from a previous marriage.

When Von Trier asks if he's living a "golden life right now", the New York native responds:

"It is probably more golden than I will ever acknowledge, you know? I have that glass-half-empty syndrome, and it takes a great deal of effort to climb out of the hole of darkness that I choose to live in mentally."

We think it's so brave for Christian to open up about his and his father's life, and we hope this removes any stigma one may have about psychological ailments!

[Image via WENN.]

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