The 30-year old star underwent a stint as a cashier in a sandwich shop after filming `The Notebook` in 2004 and believes other actors should follow his example as it will reduce the chances of them developing problems coping with fame.
He said: "I`d never had a real job."
He goes on to say no one works in Hollywood, adding to the January edition of America`s GQ magazine: "They have meals. They go to Pilates. But it`s not enough. So they do drugs. If everybody had a pile of rocks in their backyard and spent every day moving them from one side of the yard to the other, it would be a much happier place."
Ryan is clearly not afraid to shun his showbiz life for more mundane tasks.
The actor and his `Blue Valentine` co-star Michelle Williams agreed to live out the life of their married characters, ensuring everything they did was on the typical budget of a nurse and painter, and the actress was delighted by the hunky star`s willingness to help with domestic tasks.
She told Hollywood Life.com: "We did everything; we lived together during the day. He always helped out with the dishes. It was nice!"