06/04/2014 03:24 pm ET Updated Aug 04, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman Reflects On Happiness, His Children In Unheard Interview

This poignant animated video of Philip Seymour Hoffman ruminating on happiness, mortality and his family is today's must-watch. Hoffman's moving words -- released as part of PBS Digital Studios' "Blank on Blank" series -- resonate in particular because of the actor's death from a drug overdose earlier this year.

"I would definitely say pleasure is not happiness," Hoffman said in the interview, which was recorded on Dec. 22, 2012. "I think I kill pleasure. Like I take too much of it, and therefore make it unpleasurable ... there is no pleasure I haven't actually made myself sick on."

Hoffman also asks himself an astute, thoughtful question: "There's a period of time in your life when I kind of look back, and I'm like, was I happy, or was I just not aware?"

Even after his death, Hoffman continues to give us all something to pause and think about.



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