When the British actor noticed he felt more at peace working than when he was with his family, he wondered if something was off.
“In my therapy I’ve been thinking a lot about changing… like neuropaths being shifted. It’s not because I don’t like myself or anything like that. It’s just because I have some unhealthy habits that have really formed,” Elba said. “And I work in an industry that I’m rewarded for those unhealthy habits. I’m rewarded for them. I’m an absolute workaholic. And that isn’t great for life, generally.”
The father of two continued, “Nothing that’s too extreme is good, everything needs balance. But I’m rewarded massively to be a workaholic. Those are pathways that I had to be like, ‘I’ve got to adjust.'”
The 51-year-old then elaborated on how lopsided his work-life balance became at one point.
“I could work 10 days on a film, underwater sequences holding my breath for six minutes, and come back and sit in [the studio] and [feel relaxed], more so than sitting on the sofa with the family — which is bad right?” he said. “This is the part where I’ve got to normalize what makes me relaxed, it can’t be all work.”
In addition to acting, Elba is passionate about music and enjoys his other role as a professional DJ, DJ Big Driis. Whether making a playlist, producing a song, or rapping on a track, he can easily stay lost in the studio since he has one inside his home. That, of course, didn’t help him with achieving a work-life balance.
“I’ll open that laptop and be like, ‘I don’t know what to make today,’ and it’ll come out like this or that. And I’m exhilarated by that and also so relaxed by it,” Elba said.
While Elba continues to work to unlearn the less-than-healthy habits he’s picked up over the decades, fans can stream his new hair-raising Apple TV series Hijack. Check out the exciting trailer below!