Hollywood, or the “home to the rich and famous”, isn’t as glamorous as it seems. Some actors come to Hollywood to have their dreams come true, while others come to get fame and fortune. But one thing they all have in common is a lack of privacy. When you are famous everyone wants to be a part of you and know your whole life story, and that may be something that they didn’t sign up for. Actors and actresses don’t come into the spotlight thinking they would not have their privacy taken away, but they do. The minute a scandal happens they’re photographed and on the front page of every tabloid magazine, and that gives them a bad taste of what Hollywood is like; it’s all about gaining exposure and attention. When their private life is in the limelight it tends to get too harsh for some celebrities and they eventually get fed up, get rid of all their fame completely and stay as far away from the spotlight as possible. Here is a list of ten famous celebrities we all know and love that quit Hollywood and wanted some regularity in life.
10. Sean Connery
Actor Sean Connery is best known for playing “007” in the first James Bond spy movies and Indiana Jones’s father in “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. Even after so much success, he eventually decided that he had enough. Sean previously stated in an interview, “This Bond image is a problem in a way, and a bit of a bore.” He then retired and also contributed a large portion of his earnings to the Scottish International Education Trust to help students from poor upbringings like his own.
9. Angus T. Jones
Angus T. Jones is best known for playing Jake Harper in the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. After 13 years in show business, Angus decided to stir some controversy and make a video testimonial for Forerunner Christian Church saying that the television show was “filth” and urged viewers to “stop watching it.” Once the video went viral, embarrassed by the attention he was getting he then expressed his gratitude to Chuck Lorre, CBS, series producer Warner Bros TV and studio chief Peter Roth, citing the show as “one of the most significant experiences in my life to date.” Angus is now going to school in Colorado and speaking at the Houston church, where he shares his story with other worshippers.
8. Freddie Prinze Jr.
Freddie Prinze Jr. is best known for movies like She’s All That and I Know What You Did Last Summer. After having a successful acting career, he got married to Sarah Michelle Geller and the couple have two children together. He has absolutely no desire to continue acting. Instead, he is now a producer and director for WWE Raw and would rather be behind the scenes instead of on camera.
7. Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen is best known for playing Charlie Harper in Two and a Half Men. He was loved by many and his performance earned him several Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations. Unfortunately Charlie’s personal life made headlines, including reports of alcohol and drug abuse as well as allegations of domestic violence; he was an ego-maniac and no one wanted anything to do with him. He tried to clean up his act and on November 17, 2015, Charlie publicly revealed that he was HIV positive, having been diagnosed about four years earlier. Nowadays, Charlie is staying out of the spotlight and said goodbye to acting.
6. Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes is best known as the child star on the Nickelodeon series All That and The Amanda Show. Later on she landed a lead role on the WB television show What I Like About You. She has also starred in several films, including What a Girl Wants, She’s the Man and many more. In September 2012, she stated that she was retiring from acting and that she would focus on launching her career as a fashion designer. Her life took a turn for the worst when she got busted for drinking and driving. A few DUI’s and arrests later and Amanda became known in the headlines for being one of the “Child Stars Gone Bad.” She was then hospitalized and placed on temporary psychiatric hold. Nowadays, Amanda is healthy, sober and doing great; she’s enjoying school, working on her own designs and hopes to launch her fashion line soon.
5. Josh Hartnett
Josh Hartnett, actor and film producer, first came to attention for his role as Michael Fitzgerald in the television crime drama series Cracker. After a couple movies, he specified in an interview that he got “fed up of his fame, because he didn’t feel comfortable and he couldn’t trust anyone”. In 2007 he moved back to his home town. Josh eventually retired from acting, stating that he is “seeking personal and professional growth now”, rather than “trying to climb the Hollywood ladder”.
4. Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci is best known for films like My Cousin Vinny, Goodfellas and Casino. He’s had a slew of succesful films and has received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor as well as other awards. In 1999 he announced his retirement from acting to pursue a musical career and to enjoy life away from the camera, only returning to acting for a few guest appearances. Since then, Joe has been married and divorced three times and has a daughter named Tiffany. Nowadays, he enjoys a private life away from the spotlight and doesn’t want to return to acting any time soon.
3. Mara Wilson
Mara Wilson is best known for her roles in Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda. When acting became too much for the teenager she decided to quit, stating “Film acting is not very fun. Doing the same thing over and over again until, in the director’s eyes, you ‘get it right’, does not allow for very much creative freedom. The best times I had on film sets were the times the director let me express myself, but those were rare.” Nowadays Mara works for Publicolor and she is also interested in writing young adult novels. She has no desire to ever come back to the spotlight.
2. Shia LaBeouf
You may know Shia LaBeouf as Louis Stevens from the Disney Channel series Even Stevens. Since leaving television he was cast in Michael Bay’s science fiction film Transformers as Sam Witwicky. The movie was a huge blockbuster hit and was followed up by sequels. The more famous Shia got the more attention he had, whether it was positive or negative. Behind the scenes his personal life was sprawling out of control; he was busted for drug and alcohol possession and many more vulgarities. He was fed up with all the attention he was getting and decided to retire from acting, stating on twitter: “In light of the recent attacks against my artistic integrity, I am retiring from all public life.” He even wore a bag over his head, saying that he “wasn’t famous anymore” on Instagram to prove he was serious. Nowadays, Shia is engaged to long-time girlfriend Mia Goth, and they live a normal life away from the spotlight.
1. Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan is best known for her leading roles in films like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally. Although her acting career was on a high rise, her personal life was crumbling behind the scenes, so she decided to stay away from the spotlight. She now lives in New York with her daughter and boyfriend. Meg does not want to be associated with any media or attention and thinks staying out of the limelight is for the better.