The comedian-actor talks with 60 Minutes about depression, spirituality and the beauty of life

By Todd Peterson
Updated November 22, 2004 12:00 PM

In a rare one-on-one interview on 60 Minutes Sunday night, Jim Carrey revealed some pretty unfunny stories about his past – and he says spirituality, not drugs, saved him from depression.

“I was on Prozac for a long time. It may have helped me out of a jam for a little bit, but people stay on it forever. I had to get off at a certain point because I realized everything’s OK,” he said.

Carrey is so adamant about maintaining an even keel that he doesn’t drink or take drugs. “I rarely drink coffee,” he said. “Life is too beautiful.”

He also spoke about his spiritual side, which Carrey says is a mixture of beliefs. “I’m a Buddhist, I’m a Muslim, I’m a Christian. I’m whatever you want me to be,” he said. “It all comes down to the same thing. You are either in a loving place, or you are in an unloving place.”

Carrey, who stars in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, due out Dec. 17, also talked about his early career, which was borne largely out of desperation. The youngest of four children, Carrey dropped out of high school at age 16 after his father lost his job as an accountant. All the children suddenly had to pitch in to help the family survive.

“My family kinda hit the skids,” Carrey said. “We were experiencing poverty at that point.”