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These Five Stars Quit Acting For Surprising Reasons

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Acting is easily one of the most cutthroat industries to exist. With so many ups and downs, many people simply walk away from it. Some well known names managed to hang it up for good years ago, but not for the reasons you’d expect. These actors had a successful run, but they closed that chapter to pursue other interests.

All Grown Up

In the ’90s, Mara Wilson was a beloved child actress with roles in Matilda and Miracle on 34th Street. In 2000, Wilson decided to leave acting behind to focus on her writing career. “I do still love stage acting, but the day-to-day process of being an actor is so exhausting and so taxing. There are parts here and there that I’d like to play, but they’re not as interesting to me as writing,” she told Parade. So far, she’s wrote a play (Sheeple) and a memoir (Where Am I Now?: True Stories of Girlhood and Accidental Fame).

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From Actor To Storeowner

Phoebe Cates became Hollywood’s It girl with roles in Gremlins and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In 1994, she retired from acting to take care of her family, which includes her children Owen and Greta. In 2005, she started her own boutique shop in New York City called Blue Tree. For Cates, this was a dream come true. “I always wanted to have a general store,” she told USA Today.

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Paint It Black

In the early ’90s, Ariana Richards earned three Young Artist Awards, including one for Jurassic Park. Following her work on Tremors 3: Back to Perfection, she retired from acting to be a painter. In Oregon, she runs her own studio called the Gallery Ariana. Her work in the 1993 blockbuster still resonates to this day. “When clients find out I was in Jurassic, they get really excited,” she told People.

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The Road Less Traveled

Cameron Diaz became a massive movie star with roles in Vanilla Sky and There’s Something About Mary. In 2014, however, the Golden Globe nominated actress announced her retirement from acting due to constant travelling. “I just went, ‘I can’t really say who I am to myself.’ Which is a hard thing to face up to. I felt the need to make myself whole,” she said at the 2017 Goop Wellness Summit.

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Get Out Of Here

Jordan Peele made millions laugh on the hit show Key & Peele. In 2017, he turned heads as a director with Get Out. The film earned Peele two Oscar nominations and one win for Best Original Screenplay. He hasn’t really looked back on acting since its release. “Acting is just nowhere near as fun for me as directing,” he told CBS reporter Tracy Smith.

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