Owen Wilson, the actor who hides his depression, addictions and failures in love behind comedies

Owen Wilson has a distinctive face: he broke his nose twice (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Throughout his life, Owen Wilson he broke his nose twice. The first was playing football at school and the second in a fight. That is why he has those peculiar features that characterize him so much, the same ones that led him to be the renowned actor that he is today.

Acting didn’t always appeal to him, in fact, during his youth he worked as a waiter and journalist, and his true passion was writing. Even so, the turns of life led him to occupy a transcendental place on the big screen. His career seemed unstoppable, yet his personal life was far removed from his professional successes.

His full name is Owen Cunningham Wilson and he was born in Texas.
His full name is Owen Cunningham Wilson and he was born in Texas.

actor by accident

Born in Dallas, Texas, on November 18, 1968, Owen Cunningham-Wilson has more than three decades of career in Hollywood. He is the middle of three brothers, also actors: Andrew, the oldest, and Luke, the youngest. At 14 years old, Owen he was expelled from school for stealing the answers to a geometry test, and when they found out, his hair literally fell out because, in addition to kicking him out of school, they put him in a military academy, where they shaved her blonde hair. There, he revealed that he had aptitude for writing: he was an editor for the academy magazine and when he left he began to study theater writing at the University of Texas, where he had as a classmate an extravagant young man who would end up being a cult filmmaker: Wes Anderson.

Wilson and his partner Anderson began writing screenplays together. So, years later, created the script for “The Eccentric Tenenbaums” (2001)a film that Anderson directed and Wilson starred in, for which they were both Oscar nominees.

Wilson with Wes Anderson. The director was his college roommate and co-equiper in the first scripts they wrote (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)
Wilson with Wes Anderson. The director was his college roommate and co-equiper in the first scripts they wrote (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

Young Owen never set his sights on acting; he just wanted to be a screenwriter but had to act in the movies he was making with his friend Wes Anderson in order to save the salary of a professional actor. However, in Hollywood they noticed Wilson’s self-confidence and began to offer him all kinds of roles, despite the fact that he has always confessed “I am a very bad actor”. Maybe that’s why in his first movies they always killed his character at the beginning of the film, like in “Dr. Cable” (1996), “Anaconda” (1997), “Armageddon” (1998) and “The Curse” (1999).

With a very low profile, the star who today is 54 years old she leads a solitary life far from the red carpet and only gives interviews to promote her premieres since she doesn’t like press conferences for fear of saying something that might embarrass her parents.

The star of “Los rompebodas” (2005), “Zoolander” (2001) and many other comedies has had a very complex personal life, battled addictions and the pressure of the press. “Humor is a way of coping with life, it allows you to resist,” the actor said more than once. Without a doubt, that ability to make people laugh is what led him to the pinnacle of success and, personally, what allowed him to overcome the darkest moments of his life.

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in Zoolander No. 2, one of the greatest hits of his career (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Paramount)
Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson in Zoolander No. 2, one of the greatest hits of his career (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Paramount)

Drugs, heartbreak and depression

Wilson was never married but has always had many serious relationships over the years. The actor began dating the singer Sheryl Crow in 1999, after meeting her on a film set; the romance lasted two years. She later had affairs with gina gershon, Demi Moore Y Jessica Simpson. But she was the actress Kate Hudson the one that melted his brain, and broke his heart.

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Owen and Kate were engaged in two stages: between August 2006 and May 2007; and between March and May 2008. The actor’s addiction to cocaine and heroin began to destabilize the couple. After three years of twists and turns, Hudson left her life forever.

Along with Sheryl Crow. The singer was one of his first famous girlfriends (The Grosby Group)
Along with Sheryl Crow. The singer was one of his first famous girlfriends (The Grosby Group)

In May 2007, Hudson called it quits for the first time, and People magazine announced the breakup. The separation affected the actor who fell into long nights of drugs to cope with the bad moment, and that uncontrolled consumption like his courtship, would not end well. The news about Kate Hudson’s new romance with the actor Dax Shepard didn’t help, and a few months later, Wilson attempted to take his own life.

On the morning of August 26, 2007, his brother Luke found him in the master bathroom of his house passed out and covered in blood. The cut wrists and the vials of sleeping pills were silent witnesses to his decision. After a call to 911, paramedics managed to revive him and he was transferred to St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. Later, the fact was confirmed by a member of the Santa Monica Police Department, who reported that Owen Wilson would have attempted suicide at his home in that city, cutting his veins. After being stabilized in St. John, the actor was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where it was stated that the actor He suffered a severe episode of depression.

With Kate Hudson, the great love of his life. When she left him, Owen Wilson broke down.
With Kate Hudson, the great love of his life. When she left him, Owen Wilson broke down.

Days later Wilson went home from the hospital. The actor’s closest people controlled him 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Neither he nor his family wanted to speak publicly about the episode. “With all due respect, I ask the media to allow me to receive medical attention and heal in private during this difficult time,” the star pleaded in a statement, without giving too many details about what happened. Two days later, Owen left the set of “Tropic Thunder”, in which he worked as an actor and producer with his friend and frequent collaborator, Ben Stiller.

Meanwhile, Hudson offered all his love and support to his ex after what happened. He gave him a second chance but they immediately broke up again. “Owen is a lovely person and I love him very much,” he said in an interview, “and I wish him beautiful things: health and everything he wants in life.”

The cover of People in 2007 that reflected the Owen Wilson crisis and his suicide attempt
The cover of People in 2007 that reflected the Owen Wilson crisis and his suicide attempt

An exemplary father in the movies but not in real life

Little by little, the actor resumed his life and career. He returned to participate in interesting projects, and to find a return to the benefits of fame. He was also the father of three children with three different women: Robert (10), Finn (7) and Lyla (3)a girl he refused to acknowledge.

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In 2010 Wilson fell in love with Jade Duell, a flight attendant whom he met on a flight from Los Angeles to Washington. They dated for a year before welcoming their first child, Robert Ford Wilson, into the world in January 2011. “It’s a beautiful and amazing experience. Everyone repeats that my life is going to change and I begin to see why, ”said the actor about his new family life. Nevertheless, the couple separated just five months after the child’s birth. But Wilson found he loved being a father, “Babies are so fragile, but when it’s yours you suddenly feel so much more secure,” he told Cosmopolitan magazine in 2011. “You really have this bond, this real connection to this’ thing’ that a month ago was not even here. It’s strange, his screams are like beautiful music.

Owen Wilson with his two eldest sons Robert and Finn in Malibu, California Photo © 2020 Backgrid/The Grosby Group Spain: Lagencia Grosby
Owen Wilson with his two eldest sons Robert and Finn in Malibu, California Photo © 2020 Backgrid/The Grosby Group Spain: Lagencia Grosby

In 2014 the fitness instructor Caroline Lindqvist she gave birth to Wilson’s second child, a boy named Finn. The pregnancy caused a stir as Lindqvist was married at that time with another man. The announcement also drew attention because Wilson and the coach, who had been friends for more than a decade, were not officially dating. It was Lindqvist herself who was in charge of remarking that they were not dating the actor but that they simply both wanted to have a child and decided to do it together. Owen and I We are very good friends and we are going to have a baby together.”she explained to the Daily Mail when she was six months pregnant.

Varuine Vongsvirates with her daughter Leyla that she had with Owen Wilson and whom the actor has not seen yet (IG: @varunie)
Varuine Vongsvirates with her daughter Leyla that she had with Owen Wilson and whom the actor has not seen yet (IG: @varunie)

Wilson’s relationship with his next girlfriend Varunie Vongsvirates it didn’t end well. The couple dated for five years and in 2018 Vongsvirates gave birth to a girl named Lyla, but Owen was not by her side. Vongsvirates claimed that the actor is not in contact with his daughter, who has never met or been involved with Lyla since her birth; but she added that Wilson recognizes her financially.

Despite their time together, Wilson demanded a paternity test and after DNA confirmed, continued to avoid his daughter. According to court documents, the actor does not want custody of Lyla, who is the spitting image of him. Neither the paternity test, the similarities with his daughter, nor the statements of his ex have been enough to obtain a statement from the actor. Currently, Wilson can be seen sharing time with his older children but he was never seen with lyla since he was born.

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Owen Wilson, the actor who hides his depression, addictions and failures in love behind comedies