Sam Claflin claims that following his divorce, playing Daisy Jones in “Daisy Jones and the Six” helped him have a “better relationship” with himself.
The 36-year-old actor’s six-year marriage to ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy actress Laura Haddock, the mother of his five-year-old daughter Margo and seven-year-old son Pip, ended in 2019.
And the “Me Before You” star said that he had to get used to being a father on his own.
He says it helped to be able to relate to Billy Dunne, who splits up with his wife Camila (Camila Morrone) and adopts a daughter while battling drug and alcohol addictions, and his “fear of abandonment” and “failure,” as Billy does in the Prime Video miniseries.
Speaking to Variety, he said: “I’d been through quite a lot personally at the time.
“I was in a really bad place.”
Sam said of getting to grips with being a father post-divorce: “I think I needed to work out a few kinks in my own life, to figure out who I was as this dad on my own in a house outnumbered by two toddlers. Then this job coming out the back of that was just the most fun, joyous fresh start.”
Sam continued: “I was a husband. I’ve been through marriage and the struggle of juggling work, family life, home and being grounded.
“The obstacles he has to overcome, like becoming a dad and the fear or anxiety that brings, feeling like you might fail. … His fear of failure is something that I can massively relate to — needing to feel approval and the fear of abandonment. I’ve been through this struggle. And I’m sure the struggle will continue.”
Sam found it “therapeutic” and “cathartic” to tell Billy’s relatable tale.
He added: “I think my relationship with myself is a lot better than it was.
“Before, I didn’t like who I was or what I had to say. Whereas now, after going through the journey of Billy Dunne, I realise how therapeutic or cathartic it was to tell a story that feels really authentic to me. It allowed me the opportunity to approach life differently.