Actor Tom Felton shares his experience with alcoholism in a new book.
The actor, who is best known for his role as the villain Draco Malfoy in the “Harry Potter” series, discussed in his new memoir “Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard” about some of them. his dark moment after his success as a child actor.
“I’m not particularly interested [in drinking] Felton wrote, according to an excerpt posted by People.
“However, alcohol is not the problem. It is a symptom. The problem is deeper,” he added.
Before long, his habits became so out of control that those around him intervened, including his lawyer, who knew a thing or two about the costs of alcohol and drug abuse. .
“My attorney, whom I almost never met in person, spoke with quiet honesty,” Felton wrote. “Tom,” he said, “I don’t know you very well, but you seem like a nice guy. All I want to tell you is that this is the seventeenth intercession I’ve had in my life. his career. Eleven of them are dead now. Don’t be the twelfth.'”
In the end, Felton chose to seek help and treatment, calling it “one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make.”
“But the fact that I was able to admit to myself that I needed help – and that I was going to do something about it – was an important moment. I was no longer shy about raising my hand and saying, ‘I am'” I’m not fine,” he wrote.
Felton, 35 years old, most recently starred in the movie “Burial”.
“I’m not alone with these feelings,” the star added in her book. “Just as we all experience physical health at some stage in our lives, so too do we all experience mental health. There’s nothing to be ashamed of. It’s not. must be a sign of weakness.”
Felton is not the only public figure currently detailing his struggles with substance abuse and the steps he has taken to overcome them. Matthew Perry of “Friends” fame is also in the process of releasing a memoir, telling about his struggles with addiction both during and since his time on the hit NBC show.
Felton’s books, from Grand Central Publishing, are now available.