Cole Sprouse Spilled About Photography & How It Helped Him Cope With Depression, & the Talk Is Pretty Interesting

When it comes to Disney Channel stars growing up and finding a second wind in their careers, Cole Sprouse has definitely become one of the more successful actors of the bunch. For a while, I thought we'd never see the former Suite Life of Zack and Cody star in the public eye again, but since Sprouse ended up on the surprise CW hit Riverdale, he seems to have developed into someone totally in control of balancing his personal and public life. From reportedly serving as a leader in the cast to staying sweetly private about his possible costar romance, Sprouse comes across as a normal guy who knows what's best for him.

The actor also regularly uses his Instagram account to share his own photography, and while his acting may take center stage, Sprouse recently shared just how important the craft has been to his well being. In a recent interview with YouTuber Duan Mackenzie, Sprouse discussed how embracing the art helped him cope with depression, Cosmopolitan reports. 

"I was sad and in a dark place and I turned to a hobby to sort of take me out of that," he explained in the video. "I found photography, and I've been doing photography for awhile, but I really used it as an outlet of a way to create and feel better and it took off."

"Most of my work took place in landscape," he said. "There was something profoundly serene in those landscapes and I sort of used those adventures as an attempt to separate from not just the virtual world, but from a world that I felt paranoid was watching me quite a bit."

Having worked on such a highly public platform for his life's formative years, Sprouse's worries of being watched are totally understandable. Also resonating with so many artists and creative people out there, he spilled on being his own worst critic when it comes to his photos. "I'm not really good with self-criticism," he said. "I'm consistently looking at the work I've done in the past or the work I've done now and feeling, 'eh, I can do better.' I try to create as many opportunities for myself to do photography as an attempt to placate some side of myself that needs to grow."

The intimate conversation notably focuses more on Sprouse's experiences with photography than acting, further emphasizing that there's always a little-known side to our most well-known actors. The side hustle has even brought Sprouse gigs such as photographing Kendall Jenner for The Sunday Times and Sam Smith for L'uomo Vogue. Check out the full interview below for more insight into your favorite Martin twin's artistic passion.