Gloria Cooper moved in to his Los Angeles home over two years ago, after the death of her husband, Charles, from cancer, and she has never left since.
The pair struggled with their grief at first, but Cooper now believes that living alongside his mother has helped them both get through it.
Cooper told Details magazine, “Let’s face it: It’s probably not easy for her, by the way, to be living with her son. It’s life. And right now, two years after my father’s death, this is where we are.”
He added, “My family is very close, and my dad dying was brutal for all of us. It was a schism, and its aftershock has not stopped. And we need each other. So here we are.”
However, that hasn’t stopped the duo encountering problems during their time together. “But don’t get me wrong. It’s not without complications. It’s not like I live in a compound and she’s in the guesthouse. No. She’s in the next room,” Cooper remarked.
“But here’s the thing,” Cooper noted. “She’s a cool chick. We can hang, and she can roll with the punches. If that wasn’t the case, there’s no way.”
Cooper even brought his mother to the Oscars ceremony earlier this year, where he was nominated for his performance in Silver Linings Playbook.
The death of Cooper’s father had a huge impact on the actor. The Hangover star explained his thought process as he watched his father die, stating “‘Oh right, I’m going to die too.’ Here it is. It’s not in a book. It’s not in a movie. It’s not in a story that was told to me. It’s not driving by an accident or watching it on TV. It’s someone you love dying in front of you. I was like, ‘Okay. This is death. And this is going to happen to me one day.'”