Since I just assumed all of Hollywood walked around during the 1980s looking like the MAC girl in the make-up trailer went a little heavy on the face powder, I wasn’t too shocked to hear Dennis Quaid dabbled more in booger sugar during the Reagan years than 2-for-1 draft beers at happy hour. Alas, for Megyn Kelly, nothing blows off the pants of morning TV like knowing that everyone’s favorite 90s gal pal Meg Ryan was sleeping next to a nose Hoover for so many years – and he has plenty to say about both.
Dennis is playing Ronald Reagan in a movie next year, and NBC sent Megyn out to interview him at the old Reagan ranch north of Santa Barbara, California. Yahoo! notes the interview eventually pivoted away from chatter about our 40thpresident to chatter about how Dennis spent much of the 80s snorting away some of Colombia’s finest…and we ain’t talking coffee. He kinda tried to say it was a different time with how it was viewed back then:
“I grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, and there was a completely different attitude about [cocaine] back then. It was even in some movie budgets. But I kept roaring on. I was basically doing cocaine pretty much on a daily basis during the ’80s.”
That explains all the flailing in Great Balls Of Fire! Dennis said it took a toll because he was staying up all night and basically screaming at God to help fix his issues. He said that he would mellow out during the day but around 4pm each afternoon, he’d start getting urges and go back to the snow. He was with Meg during that time, and she stuck around as he got sober in rehab. They eventually got married and had their son, Jack Quaid, but it’s interesting that Dennis seemed more shook over her breakout in the 90s as America’s Sweetheart:
“When we met, I was the big deal. Then my career [stalled] and [hers soared]. We’d go out on the streets of New York, and it would be like, ‘Meg! Meg!’ And I have to admit it: I actually did feel like I disappeared.”
Dennis said he has since recognized how “small” that made him, but I say he was justified in that anger. People were obsessed with Meg and her haircuts when they were bypassing a Grade-A DILF who could trump Meg any day with his turn as Lindsay Lohan’s vineyard-owning daddy in The Parent Trap, or, as I call it, how every kid in my elementary school spent third grade oddly wanting to move to Napa and major in gold digging. You can check out the rest of the long-ass interview where he talks about how he voted for Reagan, the coke, Meg, and more below: