When your parents are Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon, it’s easy to joke that 15-year-old Ava scored the genetic jackpot.
But, as with most things, there’s more than meets the eye. The star of ABC’s miniseries ‘Secrets and Lies’ recently opened up about his battle with depression and — confessed he passed it on to his oldest child.
Ava and her younger brother (on her mother’s side), Tennessee. (Photo Credit: Splash)
“You know, depression has been a huge obstacle for me ever since I was a child,” the 40-year-old explained.
“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. I see it in my daughter [Ava]. She has it, and I wish to hell she didn’t. It’s just, some people do have this pervading sort of sadness, or they’re so analytical that they can kind of take the fun out of things because they think too much.”
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He continued, telling Elle.com that while depression “can ruin your f--king life,” it’s better than feeling nothing at all.
“I’d prefer to suffer through the sadness than to be a complete moron with no feelings,” he said.