Step inside Carrey's hidden art studio in New York City

By Nick Romano
August 08, 2017 at 11:16 AM EDT

Audiences have been dazzled by Jim Carrey, the actor, for decades. Now it’s time to learn more about Jim Carrey, the painter.

Carrey, who’s been drawing and painting since he was a child, put his artwork on display in a new six-minute online documentary short called “I Needed Color.” Some may not know the full extent of this not-so-hidden passion, but many on social media were shocked to see this look inside Carrey’s studio space in New York City.

“You can tell what I love by the color of the paintings,” he says in the video, posted to Vimeo. “You can tell my inner life by the darkness in some of them and you can tell what I want from the brightness in some of them.”

He explains, “I like the independence of it. I love the freedom of it. No one else tells you what you can or can’t do, most of the time. And there’s an immediacy to it.”

The doc, directed by David Bushell, was released two weeks ago but got a recent boost from LeBron James. “This is incredible!! I had no idea either,” the basketball player tweeted on Monday. “Unbelievable work @JimCarrey! Would love to see some of your work in person some day! Love art.”

Carrey responded, “I’d be honored 2 hang with u any time.Can u imagine 2 King James’ in the same room?Sss’make it happen!”

Watch Carrey at work in the video above.