Alec Baldwin has been known for numerous grand performances and he always plays a strong character, but Baldwin also has stated he has had his own struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts in an interview with Dick Cavett for the New York Times, as he talked about the mental space he was in when he wrote A promise to Ourselves:: A journey through Fatherhood and Divorce in 2008.
Alec Baldwin stated, "When I wrote a book about my divorce, I can remember writing about depression and wanting to kill myself. I felt like I was walking and walking in the woods, or in this vast open place, like Saskatchewan, and all of a sudden you come to this abyss that goes as far as the eye can see. And looking into it, it’s like death is inevitable," according to The New York Times.
The divorce he went through with Kim Basinger in 2002 involved a horrendous battle of child custody over their daughter Ireland, who Baldwin eventually got joint custody of. Nonetheless, Baldwin felt extreme emotional anguish over the whole ordeal, according to ABC.