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Documentary maker Louis Theroux has spoken candidly about the anxiety and self-doubt he has felt over the years, and how this has impacted his personal and professional life. 

Louis Theroux’s unique brand of awkward, inquisitive and funny is the very thing that has won him fans around the world throughout his long career. 

The documentary maker is known for his popular series including Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, When Louis Met… and a selection of specials. He’s immersed himself in some fascinating, scary and bizarre subcultures and met some controversial subjects along the way. 

Now, Theroux is telling his own personal story in a new memoir.

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Speaking to BBC Entertainment and Arts about his book Gotta Get Theroux This, Theroux talked about the failure he has experienced over the years and how this affected his personal life and career.

“A theme of the book is getting through things, so I focused on challenges, things I found difficult: professional failures and worries, feeling I’m not up to it, I’m in over my head,” he said.

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Louis Theroux's book Gotta Get Theroux This is available to buy now.

“I take my work arguably too seriously,” He continued.

“I neglected my personal life to focus on achieving some sort of professional success. The price of my lack of emotional nous was paid by those nearest and dearest to me.”

“I owed them something that connects in a deeper way. I needed to be honest and to give more of myself away… feel kind of naked, in a surprising, maybe a shocking way.”

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In his autobiography, Theroux continues to talk about the “anxiety, self-doubt and emotional detachment” that he has experienced since childhood.

His words will be relatable and quite comforting to anyone who has ever felt like their relationship with their career has a impact on their personal relationships. 

Because, at the end of the day, we’re all just trying to get Theroux this… (sorry!)

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