Simon Pegg Explained Why He's In Recovery After Struggling With Alcoholism During "Mission: Impossible III"

This post contains discussion of substance abuse and mental health issues.

You know Simon Pegg from tons of things.

Closeup of Simon Pegg
Jamie Mccarthy / Getty Images

If you're a fan of the Mission: Impossible franchise, you're very familiar with Simon's performance as Benji Dunn.

Screenshot from the "Mission: Impossible" franchise
David James / Paramount / courtesy Everett Collection

Simon hasn't starred in every film in the series. He joined the franchise for 2006's Mission: Impossible III.

Screenshot from "Mission: Impossible III"
Paramount / courtesy Everett Collection

During a recent episode of BBC's Desert Island Discs radio program, Simon revealed that during the production of Mission: Impossible III, he began to struggle with alcoholism.

Closeup of Simon Pegg
Jeff Spicer / Getty Images

Simon explained that he experienced mental health issues while working on the film, which led him to use alcohol as a coping mechanism.

Simon Pegg in the "Mission: Impossible" franchise
Paramount / David James / courtesy Everett Collection

“You become very sneaky when you have something like that in your life," Simon explained while discussing how he tried to hide his struggle — until he was no longer able to.

Closeup of Simon Pegg
David M. Benett / Getty Images for dunhill

“You learn how to do it without anyone noticing because it takes over," he said. "It wants to sustain itself, and it will do everything it can to not be stopped.”

Closeup of Simon Pegg
Paramount / David James / courtesy Everett Collection

“But eventually, it just gets to a point when it can’t be hidden, and that’s when, thankfully, I was able to pull out of the dive.”

Closeup of Simon Pegg
Andrew Chin / Getty Images

Simon went on to explain that the birth of his child Matilda in 2009 helped him enter recovery, and that's a beautiful thing right there.

Closeup of Simon Pegg
Phillip Chin / WireImage

Listen to Simon's interview here.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline is 1-888-950-6264 (NAMI) and provides information and referral services; is an association of mental health professionals from more than 25 countries who support efforts to reduce harm in therapy.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, you can call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and find more resources here.