Jack Black Talks About His Cocaine Abuse And Playing R.L. Stine In ‘Goosebumps’

John Houck - Author

Oct. 10 2015, Updated 7:07 p.m. ET

This month, Jack Black will hit the big screen in a new movie about monsters run amok, Goosebumps. Yet, the School of Rock star known for his upbeat, funny characters recently revealed some real monsters that have troubled him in the past.

In a recent Parade interview, Jack Black opened up about a gloomier time in his life.

At age 10 his parents divorced, which was the beginning of a tumultuous period in his life. By age 14, when most kids his age are thinking about starting high school and being with friends, Jack admits he struggled with problems much greater.

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“I was having a lot of troubles with cocaine… I was hanging out with some pretty rough characters. I was scared to go to school [because] one of them wanted to kill me. I wanted to get out of there.”

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To give Jack a new start, his parents moved him to a Los Angeles school for troubled youths named Poseidon. This is where he met a therapist and his life took a turn for the better.

Feeling guilty about stealing from his mom to feed a cocaine addiction, Black finally opened up to the therapist. It was this session that Black says put him on a new course.

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“I cried like a baby. It was a huge release and a huge relief. I left feeling euphoric, like an enormous weight had been lifted from me. It changed me.”

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