Home Blog Stars Who Left Hollywood Behind Through the Years – Us Weekly

Stars Who Left Hollywood Behind Through the Years – Us Weekly

0

By clicking Sign Up, you agree to our Terms and Conditions and that you have read our Privacy Policy.
Sign In with your social account
We won’t post to any of your accounts without asking first
Your password must include:
Sign In with your social account
We won’t post to any of your accounts without asking first
Your password must include:
Celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Rick Moranis rose to stardom in Hollywood — only to leave their acting careers in the past.
Diaz got her start with a role alongside Jim Carrey in the 1994 film The Mask. The actress continued to find success with movies including My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, Vanilla Sky, Charlie’s Angels and many more.

After exchanging vows with Benji Madden in 2015, the Golden Globe nominee confirmed her decision to step away from acting. She welcomed daughter Raddix in 2019 via surrogate.
In August 2020, the California native reflected on her decision to hit pause on her career. “I really looked at my life and I saw what I had been — when you’re making a movie, it’s the perfect excuse, they own you — and I realized I handed off parts of my life to all these other people,” she explained during an episode of the “In Goop Health: The Sessions” video series. “They took it. I basically had to take it back and take responsibility for my life.”

Moranis, for his part, made a name for himself starring in projects including Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Ghostbusters. The comedian stepped away from Hollywood to focus on raising his children, Mitchell and Rachel, after his wife, Ann Belsky, died of cancer in 1991.
You have successfully subscribed.
By signing up, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policy and to receive emails from USWeekly
Check our latest news in Google News
Check our latest news in Apple News
The actor offered a rare glimpse into his decision, telling USA Today in 2005, “I pulled out of making movies in about ’96 or ’97. I’m a single parent, and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.”
Scroll down for more stars who chose to part ways with Hollywood over the years:
Credit: Shutterstock (2)
Celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Rick Moranis rose to stardom in Hollywood — only to leave their acting careers in the past. Diaz got her start with a role alongside Jim Carrey in the 1994 film The Mask. The actress continued to find success with movies including My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, Vanilla Sky, Charlie’s Angels and many more. After exchanging vows with Benji Madden in 2015, the Golden Globe nominee confirmed her decision to step away from acting. She welcomed daughter Raddix in 2019 via surrogate. In August 2020, the California native reflected on her decision to hit pause on her career. “I really looked at my life and I saw what I had been — when you’re making a movie, it’s the perfect excuse, they own you — and I realized I handed off parts of my life to all these other people,” she explained during an episode of the “In Goop Health: The Sessions” video series. “They took it. I basically had to take it back and take responsibility for my life.” Moranis, for his part, made a name for himself starring in projects including Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Ghostbusters. The comedian stepped away from Hollywood to focus on raising his children, Mitchell and Rachel, after his wife, Ann Belsky, died of cancer in 1991. The actor offered a rare glimpse into his decision, telling USA Today in 2005, “I pulled out of making movies in about ’96 or ’97. I’m a single parent, and I just found that it was too difficult to manage raising my kids and doing the traveling involved in making movies. So I took a little bit of a break. And the little bit of a break turned into a longer break, and then I found that I really didn’t miss it.” Scroll down for more stars who chose to part ways with Hollywood over the years:
Credit: Desiree Stone/Getty Images

Jones is best known for his role as Jake Harper on Two and a Half Men, in which he starred alongside Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen. Following his time on the sitcom, Jones largely removed himself from the public eye.
The former actor made headlines in 2012 when he urged viewers to stop watching Two and a Half Men
“I’m on Two And A Half Men, and I don’t want to be on it. Please stop watching it and filling your head with filth … If I am doing any harm, I don’t want to be here,” he said in a YouTube video filmed for the Forerunner Christian Church, which he has since departed. “I don’t want to be contributing to [Satan’s] plan. You cannot be a true God-fearing person and be on a television show like that. I know I can’t. I’m not OK with what I’m learning, what the Bible says and being on that television show.”
Jones later released a statement walking back his criticism, telling TMZ, “While I cannot address everything that has been said or right every misstatement or misunderstanding, there is one thing I want to make clear. Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on Two and Half Men with whom I have worked over the past ten years and who have become an extension of my family.”
He later attended University of Colorado Boulder, where he majored in environmental studies before switching to Jewish studies. Jones also joined the multimedia and event production company Tonite in 2016. 
Credit: Shutterstock

The actress, who is part of the famous Fonda family, retired from the industry in 2002 to start a family with husband Danny Elfman. More than two decades later, Fonda said she had no plans to return to the big screen.
“I don’t think [there’s any chance]. It’s too nice being a civilian,” she told the Daily Mail in April 2023.
Credit: Richard Milnes/Shutterstock

“If I can have the best of both worlds, which is dip in and out of it occasionally, I’d be really happy, but I wouldn’t ever be in that place where I was just on a treadmill,” the Alice in Wonderland actress told IndieWire in March 2023 about moving to Australia. “I want to do more things in life other than be in a trailer.”
She added: “It’s great, and there are lots of great things, [but] the perception of it is quite different from the reality, and it didn’t suit me as a person. You can really lose perspective because you’re treated quite strangely. When that’s your only reality, it’s quite strange.”
Credit: Matt Baron/BEI/Shutterstock

The Indiana native became a household name after appearing in George of the Jungle, The Mummy trilogy and other film roles. Fraser took a step back from acting in the late 2000s amid health problems and personal issues. He returned with TV projects including The Affair, Trust and Doom Patrol.
In 2019, the actor made headlines when he alleged that he was previously groped by former HFPA president Philip Berk. In response, Berk denied the accusations at the time.
Fraser went on to receive critical acclaim for his lead role in Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale. The 2022 film scored him a Critics’ Choice Movie Award and a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor.
Credit: Joel Ryan/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

The Body Book author won people over with her work in romantic comedies and animation. Diaz appeared in films including The Holiday, What Happens in Vegas, Bad Teacher and The Other Woman. Her final project was the 2014 movie Annie.
After taking a step back from Hollywood, Diaz focused on motherhood. In June 2022, the SAG nominee announced her return to the big screen with Netflix’s Back in Action alongside Jamie Foxx.
Credit: Orion/Kobal/Shutterstock

Schoeffling rose to stardom after he played Jake Ryan opposite Molly Ringwald in the 1980’s film Sixteen Candles. He also booked roles in Wild Hearts Can’t Be Broken, Vision Quest and Mermaids.
The former actor ultimately chose to move back to Pennsylvania with his family and opened a woodworking shop. Schoeffling’s daughter, Scarlet, whom he shares with wife Valerie C. Robinson, has ventured into the modeling industry. The pair also have a son named Zane.
Credit: Berzane Nasser/ABACA/Shutterstock

The California native became a fan-favorite in roles such as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Major Payne and The Job.
Parsons’ last appearance was in 2002 before she built the Sweet Blackberry Foundation. The non-profit organization produces animated films and books about unsung Black heroes.
Parsons, who has since appeared in 2020’s Sweet Thing, also published three children’s books. She married director Alexandre Rockwell in 2003 and the twosome expanded their family with daughter Lana and son Nico.  
Credit: Kristina Bumphrey/Starpix/Shutterstock

Moranis scored roles in Spaceballs, Parenthood, The Flintstones and the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise at the height of his acting career.
Following his wife’s passing at age 35, the Canada native left Hollywood to raise his kids. Moranis provided voiceover work to Disney’s Baby Bear, released music albums and appeared at fan conventions over the years.
Moranis will reprise his role as Wayne Szalinski in the upcoming Shrunk reboot film.
Credit: Gregory Pace/Shutterstock

The England native had a lengthy career in Hollywood with roles in My Left Foot, There Will Be Blood and Lincoln. He also appeared in My Beautiful Laundrette, A Room with a View, The Boxer, The Age of Innocence and more.
Day-Lewis is the only actor to have won three Best Actor Academy Awards and received a knighthood for his services to drama in 2014. Three years later, the Phantom Thread star issued a statement that he would no longer be working as an actor. 
“Daniel Day-Lewis will no longer be working as an actor,” the actor’s spokesperson told Variety in 2017. “He is immensely grateful to all of his collaborators and audiences over the many years. This is a private decision and neither he nor his representatives will make any further comment on this subject. ”
Credit: Stewart Cook/Shutterstock

After delivering an iconic performance in the ’80s film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Cates continued to act in Gremlins and Drop Dead Fred.
The New York native married Kevin Kline in 1989 and the duo welcomed kids Greta and Owen. Cates hit pause on her acting career to focus on raising her children and ultimately decided not to return to the big screen. She opened a New York City boutique titled Blue Tree in 2005.
Credit: Uncredited/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

The Texas native is known best for playing Harper Finkle alongside Selena Gomez in Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place. Stone continued to act in Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, Mean Girls 2 and The In-Between.
Since her time on screen, Stone went to university to get her degree in psychology and later nursing. After graduating from school in 2019, Stone documented her time on the front lines during the COVID pandemic.
Credit: Charles Sykes/Shutterstock

Dunn made a name for himself as Duncan Kane on Veronica Mars from 2004 to 2006. He later appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, CSI:NY and several films before switching careers.
The Gilmore Girls alum has since become a lawyer and now serves as an Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney’s Office District of Columbia.
Dunn married Kendall Morrison in 2019 and they welcomed a son two years later.
In order to view the gallery, please allow Manage Cookies
For access to all our exclusive celebrity videos and interviews – Subscribe on YouTube!
You have successfully subscribed.
By signing up, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policy and to receive emails from USWeekly
You have successfully subscribed.
By signing up, I agree to the Terms and Privacy Policy and to receive emails from USWeekly
Us Weekly has affiliate partnerships so we may receive compensation for some links to products and services.
Part of the a360media Entertainment Group.Powered by WordPress VIP

source

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here