For the December/January issue of WSJ Magazine, Ben Affleck is opening about a variety of topics including his alcoholism and the “painful” moments in his past that inspired him to turn his life around and get sober. He also goes on to share hos those difficulties led him to where he is today.

“There’s a lot that I would want my younger self to understand. Some things, honestly, that I’m too self-conscious of or shy about to be really candid about with the whole world because they’re mostly mistakes,” he said. “Things I wish I had done differently, and they’re rooted in that instinct to look at my past and think, I wish I could have avoided this painful event.’ I wish I could have not caused someone else pain. I wish I had understood better the nature of what was difficult about life for me.”

“I wish I did not have to learn some lessons the hard way,” said Affleck. “But maybe this is just rationalizing because the alternative is too painful.”

Affleck also dishes on his relationship with Jennifer Lopez and being  “very lucky” to have “benefited from second chances.”

The WSJ December 2021/January 2022 issue hits newsstands Saturday, December 11th.