Andrew Garfield details how the tragic death of his mother has altered his life
Andrew Garfield has detailed how his life has changed completely since the death of his mother, Lynn.
The 38-year-old actor tragically lost his mother to pancreatic cancer in 2019 during his filming of The Eyes of Tammy Faye.
He has since revealed that her passing completely ‘rearranged his psyche’ and altered every aspect of his life.
Tragic: Andrew Garfield, 38, says that ‘nothing’s the same’ as he detailed how the tragic death of his mother, Lynn in 2019 has altered his life
The star, known for his role as Spider-man, reflected on his career and detailed that ‘a lot’s changed’ since his appearance in the 2014 film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Speaking in an interview with GQ magazine he said: ‘Like losing my mum, and my psyche being totally rearranged by that. And life taking on a completely different hue and texture and colour.’
He added: ‘And my inner being totally different. Tasting things differently. Hearing. Smell. It’s all different. Nothing’s the same.’
Andrew explained that he became frustrated with the attention that came with playing the Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man.
Reflecting: The actor lost his mother to pancreatic cancer and has described how everything has been different since her passing including his entire ‘psyche being totally rearranged’ (Pictured with his mum, Lynn, and dad, Richard in June, 2018)
He decided to go on the annual men’s retreat held by mythology scholar Michael Meade in Northern California – which saw him drive a rental car down a ‘long f***ing road in the wilderness’ – to escape his celebrity status.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye star said: ‘People start to really dive into themselves and reveal who they are to themselves and to everyone, and to have witnessed it by a group of 90 dudes, some of whom are hard-core motherf******.’
Andrew admits that he found liberation in more ways than one when he took on his most recent role as the late composer Jonathan Larson in Tick, Tick… Boom!
Liberation: Andrew admits that he found liberation in more ways than one when he took on his most recent role as the late composer Jonathan Larson in Tick, Tick… Boom! (pictured with co-star Vanessa Hudgens)
The actor explained: ‘I find spiritual pursuit to be the only pursuit, really, for me. And that’s with my work and otherwise.
‘There’s an acute awareness of just the ephemeral nature of this. And that is what gives it all meaning. I think the consideration of what’s going on behind everything is the only thing I’m interested in.’
The film Tick, Tick… Boom!, was released on Netflix earlier this month with viewers having been blown away at Andrew’s ‘spectacular’ portrayal of Jonathan.
In an interview with The New York Times Andrew said: ‘I was able to continue her song on the ocean and the wave of Jonathan’s songs. It was an attempt to honor him in his unfinished song, and her in her unfinished song, and have them meet.’
Starring Andrew and Vanessa Hudgens, the movie is a semi-autobiographical tale of composer/playwright Jonathan’s early days as he grapples with turning 30 and the harsh reality of life as a struggling artist.
He spent years working in a diner in New York and living in a tiny apartment, which didn’t even have heating, as he tried to make it as a composer and playwright.
The composer would come to be known for his groundbreaking musical Rent, though the playwright suddenly died at 36 on the morning of Rent’s first preview performance.
Many viewers have been wowed by Andrew’s portrayal of the artist, with one writing: ‘What an incredible movie and a fantastic story. Thankyou Jonathan.’
Tick, Tick…Boom! The film is a semi-autobiographical tale of composer/playwright Jonathan’s early days as he grapples with turning 30 and the harsh reality of life as a struggling artist