Credit: ABC Photo: Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Garner in Alias

Long before Bradley Cooper co-starred with Jennifer Lawrence in no fewer than three movies, he co-starred with another Jennifer — that'd be Garner, on the ABC spy series Alias.

But he wasn't content with his role as Will, Sydney Bristow's (Jennifer Garner) roommate and love interest whose journalistic curiosity got him ensnared in Syd's black-ops world.

Bradley found himself chomping at the bit for more of a storyline, as the American Hustle star explains to GQ in its January 2014 cover story. "I would only work three days a week," he recalls. "And then for the second season, I got even more sidelined. I was like, 'Ugh.' And then next thing you know, I was like, 'I want to f—king kill myself.'"

So he took a bold action, one with which his agent was probably none too happy about. He asked creator/executive producer J.J. Abrams to write him off the show at the end of its second season in Spring 2003. "J.J. was like, 'Okay.' He probably would’ve fired me, anyway."

But Bradley was also dealing with alcohol and drug problems at the time — which, he says, affected not his professionality but his potential — only sobering up sometime around 2004 or 2005.

And now his career has hit a high point — with an Oscar nomination under his belt for last year's Silver Lining Playbook. As happy as we are for him, though, we loved Alias and Will Tippin — we hope that he has some happy memories from that experience!

Source: GQ

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