Jim Carrey Attends New York Fashion Week Party, Says "There's No Meaning to Any of This"
While attending the Harper's Bazaar Icons party, the actor said he wanted to attend "the most meaningless thing that I could come to."
Jim Carrey attended a New York Fashion Week soiree Friday night and gave a rather head-scratching interview on the red carpet.
While at the Harper's Bazaar Icons party, Carrey told E!'s Catt Sadler about how "there's no meaning to any of this" and he wanted to "find the most meaningless thing I could come to and join and here I am." The actor added, "It's completely meaningless."
When Sadler informed Carrey that the evening was all about celebrating icons, he responded, "That is just the absolute lowest aiming, you know, possibility that we can come up with."
Carrey then asked Sadler if she believed in icons. Before she had a chance to answer his question, he declared, "I don't believe in personalities. I don't believe that you exist. ... I believe we're a field of energy dancing for itself and I don't care."
He concluded: "I didn't get dressed up. There is no me."
The actor recently expressed losing himself while playing the late American comedian Andy Kaufman for his new documentary called Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond — The Story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman Featuring a Very Special, Contractually Obligated Mention of Tony Clifton, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival.
"Jim Carrey didn't exist at that time," he said of the filming process, adding, "It was psychotic at times."
During his discussion about the doc, the 55-year-old Carrey also spoke of being "nothing."
"We spend our life running around looking for anchors. 'Oh, I’m Italian, that’s who I am.' The fact is you don’t exist. You’re nothing but ideas," he expressed. "We take all those ideas and cobble them together and make sort of a personality charm bracelet, an ID bracelet we wear in life. But that’s not who we are, because we’re nothing. And it’s such a fucking relief."
It's worth noting that Carrey has had a hard time over the past few years. The actor's girlfriend, Cathriona White, committed suicide by drug overdose in 2015, and her family sued him for allegedly providing her with illegal drugs. In response, Carrey's attorney issued a lengthy statement and called the lawsuit against Carrey "an outlandish shakedown." He could face trial next year.
After the Fashion Week interview made headlines, THR spoke with Carrey at the Toronto Film Festival, where he expanded on losing oneself when playing a character. "A lot of people think that I'm kinda going through something — but it's been my whole life," he said. Watch the full video here.