Dan Ewing has admitted that after joining the cast of Home and Away in 2007, he struggled with anxiety and used alcohol to cope with his newfound celebrity.
The 36-year-old actor confessed he’struggled’ after being thrust into the spotlight in an interview with the ImperfectlyPerfect Podcast on Monday.
‘I had a lot of trouble. I was just a kid from the northern beaches, so shooting to fame on Australia’s largest show, Home and Away… I wasn’t ready,’ he admitted.
‘My partner at the time wasn’t ready, and I didn’t know it at the time, but I was really suffering with anxiety.
Dan, who stars in this year’s season of SAS Australia, admitted that he used alcohol as a coping technique for his problems.
He continued, ‘I’d just pour all this booze down my neck and get completely written off on the weekend.’
‘You disguise it as,’ says the narrator “Oh, it’s just releasing steam. We’re all guilty of it “and it’s something we’ve all done. But I couldn’t see that there was a better approach, that there was a better procedure…’
Even while he was still ‘kicking goals work-wise,’ Dan said that it was “not conducive to a wonderful relationship, a great marriage, or a great lifestyle.”
‘It wasn’t like I was an out-and-out alcoholic, but I was simply going blind on weekends to relieve this worry that I wasn’t prepared for,’ he continued.
Dan also discussed his appearance on SAS Australia, where he stated that it was still very much a ‘TV programme,’ with producers present on set.
During many of the show’s gruelling trials, he said they would frequently have to’reset’ sequences, giving the recruits a much-needed break.
‘However, the work, the discomfort, and being called every term under the sun, as well as sleep deprivation and all that type of stuff,’ he continued.
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