Henry Cavill has said that his dog, Kal, has saved his mental health.
The actor and Kal have been together for nearly two years, and Cavill revealed on The Late Late Show that he worked with a psychologist to help him deal with the transition from the Superman franchise to Mission: Impossible – Fallout, his most famous role to date.
“For me, I’m a performer, and when I first started to work with a therapist, what I realised was I’m a performer and I’m always going to do that regardless of who my client is,” Cavill said.
“So the question is, how do I keep the focus where it needs to be? I realised I really needed a pet. I needed an emotional support system.”
He explained that being around Kal “allowed me to focus,” and said that it helped him calm down when fans ask him questions “that I’m not used to being asked anymore”.
And, Cavill said, it has given him a new appreciation for life.
“You just have to enjoy it while you have it. If I could give one piece of advice to anybody who is in a difficult situation, it’s this: get a dog,” he said.
“And the happiness that that brings in terms of giving the opportunity to live your life in an intimate way. It’s in the details, the little decisions that you make in terms of your life. They all matter.”
Cavill has previously spoken about the effects of a broken leg he suffered on the set of Man of Steel, which required a month of recovery.
“Some people say, ‘What do you mean it affected your life and what made you feel depressed?'” he said.
“Well, my feet cost me about a month of my life. I just needed a break. If I had two legs, everything would be easier.”
Mission: Impossible – Fallout is in cinemas now.
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