Ryan Phillippe says he stopped Googling himself because it’s depressing

Ryan Phillippe was on Jay Leno last night, and his interview was pretty entertaining. Leno opened up with the statement that he’d Googled Ryan. Ryan said that he stopped doing that because it’s depressing and people say hateful things online since they’re anonymous.

On “hateful comments” online
“I’ve stopped Googling myself. Some of the stuff that you see when you are someone who is known is so depressing. Just the comments. People make really hateful comments sometimes, because there’s anonymity and you can get away with it.”

On his first role, a gay teenager on a soap opera
Ryan didn’t elaborate and then Leno told him that he found out that Ryan played the first gay teenager in a soap opera on “One Life to Life.” Ryan said he was 17 and came from Delaware and it was his first paying job as an actor. He said that the local Baptist church “had a little bit of a reaction to it.”

Ryan said his character’s name was “Billy Douglas,” and Leno asked him to give the camera his gayest look and he laughed and said he wouldn’t do it. Ryan fidgeted in his seat and said “are you just going to embarrass me tonight?” and then got up jokingly like he was going to leave but sat down again.

On his “naked commercial”
Leno said “You also made a naked commercial” and Ryan countered “I am not kidding, I am going to walk off this stage right now.”

Ryan then said “I feel kind of cheap actually… it was for Armani jeans. I was probably only 19, and David Lachapelle who is a like real serious photographer… it was a commercial that he was doing and he saw me at a restaurant and put me in it, and I didn’t know that I would end up being naked in skid row at 2:00 in the morning with rats crawling around.”

Then Leno showed this commercial:

After the break Leno asked Ryan how he spent his money when he first started making it and he said that he bought a lot of CDs and music and that his first big purchase was a house for his parents.

On his kids
Then Leno brought up the fact that Ryan is a Frank Sinatra fan and he said he has a 12 year-old bulldog named Frank and that his daughter, Ava, was named after Sinatra’s second wife Ava Gardner. Leno said he used to open for Sinatra and that they did North Carolina once and the crowd wasn’t receptive to Sinatra’s jokes.

Ryan called Ava “amazing, beautiful,” and said “I can’t believe I have an eight year-old daughter.” He also mentioned his son, Deacon.

He was promoting his new film Stop Loss which is about a soldier called back to war in Iraq after his tour of duty ends. It is out in the US on March 28.

Here’s his full interview on Leno last night, thanks to clipper monkeyboy on Redlasso.

Ryan Phillippe on Leno part 1

Ryan Phillippe on Leno part 2

Ryan is shown at the Stop Loss premiere on 3/17/08, thanks to PRPhotos.

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  1. geronimo says:

    If I were a celebrity, I don’t think I’d be brave enough to google myself. But wouldn’t it take super-human powers not to? How could you stop yourself? I imagine it like a car crash where you’d come across something really terrible about yourself and you wouldn’t want to read any further but you wouldn’t be able to stop and you’d read on to the bitter end and it would eat away at you until it sapped every last ounce of confidence out of you and you’d never be able to leave home again.

    I guess the sensible celebs have people to do it for them so they can avoid the trauma of having to read what people (like me!) have to say about them.

    I’m sticking to being nobody, I think it’s for the best.

  2. Syko says:

    I think so too, geronimo. In fact, I’m so depressed just from reading your post, I’m going to have my name changed just so I won’t be tempted to google myself.

  3. lulu says:

    what hotness!!! thank you CB!

  4. dancingfan says:

    I love him! He’s hot.

  5. MSat says:

    He is hot, but he comes off kind of douchey and self absorbed in interviews. And yes, I thought this even before the divorce. He just strikes me as one of those guys who’s always bitching about something and full of angst. Ugh.

  6. Rianna says:

    he is not my cup of tea.. i prefer dark haired guys. he does have a nice butt though lol ;o)
    he does seem like a genuinely nice guy. he got blasted by the press for a few years for his marriage breakdown but in hollywood what happened is not a strange occurance. i could probably name at least 3 or 4 couples off the top of my head where the man cheated on his wife.
    i dont think he is douchy… i just think that he is uncomfortable. i would be if someone was interviewing me live on stage. i dont think i would ever get used to it.

  7. telsmkon says:

    He is so gorgeous and so hot such nice guy too, i love him and regarding his divorce, it takes two to tangle.

    I agree as well, someone has to do the(googling) job for you so it won’t affect you as much.

    i didn’t know about the Jay Leno interview with Ryan Phillippe, i’m so glad i got to see it here, thanks CB for showing the whole video and the interiew it was awessome.

  8. skyblue says:

    He’s very cute, but infidelity is something I can’t blow off, no matter how common it is. It completely alters my image of a person into a creature that’s only barely human – a compassionless, self-serving, jackhole who is inherently unworthy of trust. Yeah, I know that might be extreme. I’m not picking on Ryan in particular, he’s one of millions, I imagine.

  9. Ruby says:

    I would say shit right to his face,- if given the opportunity. ;) And if I were a celebrity I would definitely read comments about myself. That way, I’d at least keep some perspective and not become a total a-hole by only reading the over hyped bullshit put out by magazines and the media etc. Sure, It’s probably true that there’s always somebody that’s going to say something negative- But you can measure it and see where you overall stand based on the amount of negative, positive or neutral comments posted.

  10. headache says:

    meh. It’s never been admitted or proven that he cheated so as far as I’m concerned his marriage broke up for reasons that are none of my business. He is a good father it seems to his kids, doesn’t talk shit about their mother and keeps his crotch cover. I can’t ask for any more from a celebrity.

  11. Syko says:

    I agree, headache. I’ve always liked him.

  12. Bodhi says:

    Ditto headache, as per usual… :)

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