Kim Basinger admits that she “didn’t want to live on drugs” anymore.
The 60-year-old actress reminisces on a time in her life when she was dependent on medication to help her get through the day and deal with anxiety issues.
But now the star says she is free from drugs, which has resulted in her appreciating life much more than she once did.
“Now I wake up and enjoy life. I didn’t want to live on drugs. I wanted to face everything I was afraid of,” she told People magazine.
Kim credits her career, both the good times and the bad, with making her the person she is today.
While she tends to shun Hollywood parties, Kim says she still loves to act.
“In this business you can be at the top of the world and at the bottom of the barrel, and you’re grape juice. I’ve been at both ends. It can make you become what you really are.
“I’ve been so blessed because I’ve had such longevity. I’m not a big red-carpet girl. But I love the work,” she explained.
Kim’s marriage to Alec Baldwin ended in divorce in 2002, with the couple’s daughter Ireland caught in the middle of her warring parents over a bitter custody battle.
But Kim shares a close bond with 18-year-old Ireland, and says that the career she’s carved out as a model was all her own doing.
“She grew up in the limelight but I tried to provide stability and a quieter world. You just want them to follow their own path, and she totally did this on her own,” Kim said.
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