It’s not always easy to be an actor! Some experienced terrible consequences on their private life while others simply preferred to pursue a different career. In any case, here are 10 actors who have decided to leave the cinema to practice another profession!
Jack Lloyd (Anakin as a child in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace) couldn’t stand the movie world anymore
It’s hard not to recognize his adorable face. After playing in Star WarsEpisode I: The Phantom Menace at the age of 10, Jack Lloyd had a series of misadventures. He told in 2012 to the DailyMail : “ My whole school life was hell. The other kids were really mean to me. They made the lightsaber sound every time they saw me. It was completely crazy. » Following his appearance in the film Star WarsJack Lloyd participated in a few episodes of the series Emergency room.
But he could no longer bear his media coverage: “ I had to do up to 60 interviews a day. By force, I ended up hating when the cameras were trained on me“, he explained. In 2015, the former actor chained the problems between prison and his transfer to a psychiatric hospital. Now 33 years old, Jack Lloyd has moved back in with his family because of his psychological problems and the death of his younger sister and has since led a quieter life.
Jeff Cohen (Choco in The Goonies)
Another child star who was not prepared to be elevated to the spotlight: Jeff Cohen, alias Choco (Chunk in the original version) in the very cult The Goonies. After a few small roles on television, the American actor simply decided to stop acting to devote himself to his studies. He thus obtained a degree in science before becoming an entertainment lawyer to offer legal protection to child actors. We can only applaud him!
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen left the cinema to focus on their fashion brand
Who grew up with the Olsen sisters? Since their early childhood, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have multiplied roles on television (The house partyThe twins get involved) and at the cinema (Daddy, I have a mommy for you, bound by secrecy). As early as 2001, when they were only 15 years old, the twins launched their first line of clothing and beauty accessories for young girls between the ages of 4 and 14 entitled “Mary-Kate and Ashley: Real fashion for real girls”. Then, they continued their adventure in fashion, notably creating the The Row brand launched in 2005. In 2012, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen announced that they were definitely retiring from acting to devote themselves to this business. Today, the two sisters are even recognized in the world of fashion!
Grace Kelly is a model of professional retraining all by itself! After starring in many hit movies like The crime was almost perfect Where Courtyard window by Alfred Hitchcock, the American actress ended her acting career in 1956 when she was 27 years old to marry Rainier III, the sovereign prince of Monaco. She will thus become “Her Serene Highness the Princess of Monaco” and will engage in many humanitarian causes before dying on September 14, 1982 following a car accident.
Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda)
Mara Wilson is also an actress who rocked our childhood by playing in several cult films like Mrs. Doubtfire Where Matilda in which she plays a little girl with an overflowing imagination. In 2013, a few months after writing an article on the delinquency of former child stars, the American actress announced that she was ending her acting career at the age of 13. Mara Wilson has now become a renowned author, in particular thanks to her biography Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame where she talks about her childhood under the spotlight.
Phoebe Cates (Gremlins, Secret Nights)
Phoebe Cates was a minor celebrity in the 80s. She was best seen starring in the cult film Gremlins or It’s hot at Ridgemont High School before chaining the small roles in the cinema as on television. In 2001 she starred in her last film The Anniversary Party directed by Jennifer Jason Leigh and Alan Cumming. Then, her career took a new turn since she became the owner of a gift shop in New York called The Blue Tree.
Ariana Richards (Jurassic Park) never really broke into the cinema
Who remembers the young Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park ? Hammond’s granddaughter played by Ariana Richards finds herself in a very bad position against the T-Rex. Despite the film’s success, the career of the American actress never really took off… The former actress, now 43, left the hustle and bustle of Hollywood to devote herself to her two passions: painting. and to music.
Ludwig Briand (An Indian in the city)
How not to forget Mimi-Siku, the little Amazonian Indian in An Indian in the city ? After playing alongside Thierry Lhermitte, Patrick Timsit and Arielle Dombasle, Ludwig Briand decided to resume his law studies in order to become a commercial attaché in real estate. After having worked as a cigar expert in the duty free shops of Parisian airports, he joined the ENG (National School of Clerks) in Dijon to become a clerk.
Sarah Michelle Gellar left the cinema to devote herself to her passion
A true icon of the 90s, Sarah Michelle Gellar was a star both on the small screen with buffy the vampire slayer than cinema. Despite his performance in Remember… last summer, Scream 2 or the first two films Scooby Doo, the interpreter of Daphne admitted never having been completely passionate about the profession of actress. In 2015, she launched her own cooking brand, Foodstirs, which offers do-it-yourself meal kits. In parallel, she also released a cookbook.
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