Jason Ritter Got Emotional While Talking About His Alcoholism And How He Believed He Didn't "Deserve" Melanie Lynskey

    Jason Ritter detailed to Drew Barrymore how he thought he didn't deserve to be with Melanie Lynskey because of his alcoholism, and people are praising the open and honest conversation.

    Melanie Lynskey and Jason Ritter are truly one of my favorite celebrity couples. They are always hyping each other up on social media and are just such a sweet couple.

    Melanie and Jason on the red carpet

    Often during interviews, Melanie has taken the time to shout out her amazing partner, especially because Jason makes an appearance in both of her current shows. He's scheduled to pop up in Yellowjackets Season 2, and he was actually a clicker in one of Melanie's episodes of The Last of Us.

    Melanie shows Jimmy a photo of her being kissed by Jason in clicker makeup

    Recently, Melanie swung by The Drew Barrymore Show to talk about Yellowjackets, but also to have a reunion alongside Drew Barrymore and Megan Dodds. The trio starred in Ever After together 25 years ago.

    The three of them holding hands on Drew's show

    Then Drew brought out Jason, and he and Melanie got to do an interview together. To start, Drew asked the couple how they met and how they eventually knew that they wanted to spend their lives together.

    Melanie and Jason holding hands on a couch on Drew's show and Drew smiling

    Melanie told a very wholesome story about Jason taking care of her elderly dog, and that's when she realized that she could see herself having a child with this person.

    Drew and Jason looking down at a young child

    Then Drew asked Jason how he knew Melanie was "the one," and what ended up taking place was an important conversation about alcoholism.

    Jason and Drew on the red carpet

    "I knew how incredible Melanie was early on," Jason began. "It's not as cute of a story as you would like to think. It was messy and interesting, and weird. But mixed in the mix was [that I] was dealing with some alcoholism issues."

    Jason saying on Drew's show that he was dealing with alcoholism issues, and Drew raising her hand and saying "Me too"

    He continued, "So there was a lot. At a point, I knew how amazing she was. And I thought she would be incredible for someone who deserved her, basically. And I didn't feel like I was that person. I felt a little bit too crazy."

    Close-ups of Jason and Melanie on Drew's show

    "It was only after, like, maybe a year into not drinking where I started to go, Oh, maybe I can promise some things to someone else. Maybe I can be this person," Jason said while starting to cry. "It has been a slow burn. So I knew that she was incredible. It was working on myself enough to feel like maybe I could be the one for her, too."

    Melanie and Jason clasping hands on the show

    Getting emotional herself, Melanie said, "He worked so hard. He did so much work on himself. I'm so proud of him."

    Melanie wiping away a tear on the show

    After soaking in Jason's story, Drew began talking about her own journey with alcoholism in response.

    The three on Drew's show

    "I haven't had a drink — and I'm not sober. I don't work a program, but alcohol was my poison — and I haven't had a drink in almost four years," Drew shared.

    Close-up of Drew on the show

    She added, "The narrative that one creates is that 'I can't be with someone.' And I haven't been in a relationship since I stopped drinking, and I'm really looking forward to, one day, not having that bad girl narrative. The instability. The 'I'm not someone who is right to be with anyone, for their sake.'"

    Close-up of Drew smiling in a halter-top outfit

    Drew then asked Melanie about taking a chance on someone who has dealt with alcoholism, because Drew revealed that she has been "written off" by others, and even by her own self, because of it.

    The three on the show

    Turning to Jason, Melanie said, "This is the best person in the world, and I just knew it. Even though mistakes were made along the way, you had such a good heart."

    Melanie talking to Jason on the show

    She continued, "He was always so willing. Every time I said, 'I really need to talk to you about something,' he would be like, 'What is it? What is it?' So present [and] wanting to have the conversation, and so willing to take responsibility. We just kept growing, is the thing."

    Melanie and Jason smiling together

    Jason said that all of the work and growth he and Melanie did early in their relationship has definitely made them seem like "couple goals" because they did the work. Melanie added that they were in couples therapy "three weeks after [they] met each other."

    Why The Drew Barrymore Show, I think, is the best daytime talk show is that you can tell Drew really listens to her guests, and she not only lets them share their stories but then opens up about her own life, which is exactly what happened with Melanie and Jason. It makes for some of the best conversations, and I love that Drew has this platform.

    Lucy Liu and Drew on the show

    And I'm not the only one. Shortly after this clip of Melanie, Jason, and Drew's conversation was posted, people flooded Twitter and the comments to share how powerful their open dialogue was, while also praising Drew's talk show overall:

    Comments including "His dad would be so proud," "Drew cultivates such a safe and positive community through her show," and "I love how open and honest he's being"
    Comments on YouTube, including "Drew's show is so refreshing," "their story is so real and touching," and "Thank you Drew for giving us this beautiful interview showing us vulnerability and true love"

    I did my very first movie with @JasonRitter . You will never meet a kinder, more inclusive, emotionally intelligent man. He is also wickedly fun. So proud of the punk ass 20 something you were and the man you’ve become, Jason. You and @melanielynskey are a dream. Made me cry! Xo https://t.co/wzGbDeXNPL

    Hilarie Burton / CBS / Via Twitter: @HilarieBurton

    Whew. The vulnerability and transparency of @JasonRitter in this clip with @DrewBarrymore talking about his love @melanielynskey has just taken my breath away! ❤️ @DrewBarrymoreTV #TikTok https://t.co/NrOIHUSPVj

    Yvette Nicole Brown / CBS / Via Twitter: @YNB

    And Melanie and Jason even shared the moment again on Twitter and reiterated how important it was that Drew gave them the space to talk about this:

    Thank you @DrewBarrymoreTV for having us!! And for the space to talk about things like this! And thank you @melanielynskey for having me in the first place 🩷 https://t.co/NUBuQGvRCe

    Jason Ritter / CBS / Via Twitter: @JasonRitter

    So proud of my husband and of Drew for their vulnerability and openness here. These are two of the kindest, strongest, best people I know. 💖 https://t.co/TJchHR1kao

    Melanie Lynskey / CBS / Via Twitter: @melanielynskey

    You can watch Melanie and Jason's full interview with Drew on The Drew Barrymore Show below:

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    CBS / Via youtu.be

    If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse, you can call SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and find more resources here.