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8 Actors Who Became Famous and Then Decided to Quit Hollywood

It might seem like being one of the top Hollywood actors is a job anyone would wish for. Yet, not everything is smooth and perfect in the world of fame. Most of the time, actors are exhausted and simply want to have a normal life, like everybody else. These 8 actors have had enough of it all, so they decided to step back.

1. Julia Roberts

The star of Pretty Woman admits she wants to live a hippie lifestyle, like Erin Brockovich, the character she played in 2000. She wants a calm life, “I try to be super present and not plan, and I don’t have any upcoming acting jobs. Getting back to a routine feels really good. And I love being at home, I love being a mom.”

2. Cameron Diaz

Cameron confirmed that she’s “retired” and has no regrets. She didn’t have time for her personal life, “When you do something at a high level for a long period of time, other parts of you are handed off to others. There’re so many parts of my life that I wasn’t managing.” Cameron felt like Hollywood “owned” her, so she decided to become “self-sufficient.”

3. Jessica Alba

Her first urge to quit acting was when the Fantastic Four film director criticized her crying. He said, “It looks too real, too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.”

Then Alba also struggled with her roles because of her ethnicity, “They were like, ‘You’re not Latin enough to play a Latina, and you’re not Caucasian enough to play the leading lady, so you’re going to be the ‘exotic’ one.’” Now she has her own business and enjoys being a mom.

4. Tobey Maguire

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Tobey’s co-star said that it was difficult to work with him, “Tobey and I had a bit of a rough time. It was a difficult movie.” Later Maguire decided to hide from the limelight to focus on film production and work behind the scenes.

5. Jack Gleeson

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Jack said he did acting for fun and it wasn’t meant to be his job, “When you make a living from something, it changes your relationship with it. It’s not like I hate it, it’s just not what I want to do.” He wants to live as normal a life as possible, his Instagram and Twitter aren’t active, his apartment is “not very lavish” and his status makes him uncomfortable.

6. The Olsen twins

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The twins decided to go into fashion rather than acting. They launched 2 successful lines and have partnered with many companies. They simply decided to change the industry because it proved to be more successful. They managed to dominate the fashion industry on their first try.

7. Jennifer Lawrence

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Jennifer confessed, “I just think everybody had gotten sick of me. I’d gotten sick of me. It had just gotten to a point where I couldn’t do anything right.” She also wanted to have some privacy and spend more time with her loved ones.

8. Andrew Garfield

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Right after being nominated for a Best Actor Oscar, Andrew decided to take a break to reconsider his future. He says, “I need to just be a bit ordinary for a while.” He also broke up with his girlfriend because of their hectic work schedules, so maybe that also played a part in his decision.

How would you feel if you were one of the greatest Hollywood actors? How easy would it be for you to cope with the fame?

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