While an Oscar nomination tends to be the bright light in an actor's career, the recognition landed Minnie Driver in a dark place. During the height of her "Good Will Hunting" fame -- for which she earned a 1997 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination -- Driver sank to new lows.
"I definitely went a bit bonkers in my early 20s, when I got famous quickly," Driver told the U.K.'s Stylist magazine (via Daily Mail). "Bonkers in a way where I didn't eat enough, I drank too much, smoked too many cigarettes, cried a lot and was very emotional."
Driver revealed that she dropped to 98 pounds at the height of her emotionally fragile state, before her sister urged her to seek help. Though Driver credits family for pulling her out of the darkness, she blames Hollywood for putting her there.
"Hollywood is portrayed in this super glamorous way, but when I see pictures of actresses going off the rails, it doesn't surprise me at all," Driver explains.
The 42-year-old "Return To Me" actress is no doubt referring to the handful of young Hollywood starlets who appear in front of a judge more often than on the big screen. Lindsay Lohan has been in and out of courtrooms for years, facing various charges stemming from theft, DUI and probation violation. And young celebrities like Kelly Osbourne, Aaron Carter, Demi Lovato and Stephanie Pratt have spent time in rehabilitation programs to battle a variety of issues.
But this dark reality for many of Hollywood's fresh faces is exactly what Driver is hoping to expose in her forthcoming autobiography.
"I want to tell it from the view of someone who was normal, but whose life became abnormal," Driver explains.
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