Edward Furlong Wraps Filming on New Movie After Four Years of Sobriety

With his substance abuse issues years in the past, former child star Edward Furlong is picking his film career back up. As a teenager, Furlong was one of the most popular rising stars in Hollywood with his memorable roles in movies like Terminator II: Judgement Day and American History X. But drugs and alcohol entering the picture had resulted in years of personal struggles and issues with the law, including multiple drug-related arrests.

In recent years, Furlong’s acting career had slowed down considerably. He had a special appearance of sorts in the 2019 film Terminator: Dark Fate, but this was by way of digitally inserting his face onto a stand-in. Furlong has not appeared in a movie since, but that will be changing very soon. In a new interview with the Daily Mail, Furlong reveals that he recently wrapped up filming in Texas on the Brad Keller movie Charlie’s Horse.


In the interview, the actor also said how this gig came after finally getting clean, noting he has been completely sober for the past four years. Furlong explained how much better it felt to be on a movie set while sober, making the difficult journey into staying clean that much more worth it. He’s hoping that this will lead to more roles coming his way as he loves acting. As Furlong put it:

“It feels great to be back on set and sober too. I didn’t feel hungover when I went to work. There’s other sober people at work which is weird because if you’re not sober, you’re not hanging out with the other sober people. It was cool. I really enjoyed it and I feel like I can be more in the moment. I love to work. We’ll see what happens.”

Edward Furlong Is Looking Forward to Celebrating Five Years of Sobriety

Edward Furlong became a household name after he appeared in Terminator II. The overnight stardom had made Furlong popular in Hollywood, and looking back, the former child star feels that he wasn’t at all prepared for it. He says he didn’t really have anyone watching out for him at the time and found partying to be the only way that he ever really felt like he fit in with his contemporaries, which made it too easy to fall into a life of addiction.

“I had a lot of awesome things happen but everything comes with a price, nothing is free. When I was younger, I didn’t have too many people looking out for me and I was left to run wild. I didn’t know how to manage my money. If I was older, I wouldn’t have made so many bad decisions. I was never a normal teenager. I had a very un-normal life. I was almost destined for [drug addiction]. In a weird way, I never really felt like I fit in. So, when I was high, I had camaraderie with other people. Just drinking and partying. All of a sudden, I felt like I was with people and I fit in somehow. That’s how it started.”

In 2017, Furlong was ordered by a judge to attend a six-month drug rehab program or he’d otherwise have to spend 36 months on probation. He wound up spending a year at a rehab center in California, and after coming out of the experience clean, he’s managed to stay sober ever since. Furlong describes getting sober as his greatest accomplishment and anticipates reaching his fifth year of sobriety.

“I’ve learned as time goes on, it’s easier than I thought it would be. I like myself better, people definitely like me better sober. My son and I have a wonderful relationship. I like how simple my life is these days. I get to wake up and not worry I’m going to go to jail. I’m not hungover and wondering what I did last night. There’s so many awesome things and reasons I do it for. I hope to keep it up. It’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done. I’m blowing myself away every day. It’s cheesy when I get those year chips but I can’t wait to get my five-year chip.”

Furlong says that years of chronic meth use had severely damaged his teeth. He recently had his teeth replaced and says this helped him feel like he had a second chance, as prior to the operation, he had been reminded of his struggles every time he saw himself in the mirror. With his new set of teeth and having been back on set to find new work as an actor, Furlong feels better than he has in years and is looking forward to seeing what the future holds.

“Things are slowly turning around and I just want to get my life back to what it was and what I was doing in the first place. I f***ed over so many people when I was on drugs, gaining back the trust of the people that work with you when you’ve flaked on them so much is a long process. It’s like the friendship that happens after a bad breakup – people are learning to trust me again. It’s great and things are slowly starting to get going again.”