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Ryan Reynolds gets real about anxiety

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Ryan Reynolds attends Netflix's "6 Underground" New York Premiere at The Shed on December 10, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Mendez/WireImage)

Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds got honest this week about his mental health and the impact that anxiety has had on his life and work.

(CNN)Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds got honest this week about his mental health and the impact that anxiety has had on his life and work.

Appearing on the latest "SmartLess" podcast episode, Reynolds opened up after Sean Hayes -- one of the podcast's hosts -- brought up an Instagram post the actor had shared recently on anxiety.

Hayes said that he related to what Reynolds had put on Instagram before asking him if he associated anxiety with success and, if that was the case, did he find it "scary" to get rid of.

He said that he was "grateful" for his anxiety, as he's been able to make it "useful," but he also stressed the demoralizing impact that it has had on him.

But Reynolds said that the anxiety started when he was a child and he went on to talk frankly about his father and how their relationship affected him.

Reynolds said that this experience with his father led him to always try and predict the future as a child, meaning that he felt he was "constantly living" in a space where something may or may not happen.

Reynolds ultimately came to the conclusion on "SmartLess" that there was a parallel between his anxiety and his work.

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