13 Actors Who Have Talked About Almost Quitting


Jacob Elordi almost quit acting after his sudden fame The kissing booth left him feeling like his brain had “gone through the damn press.”

In a recent interview Speaking to GQ, Elordi discussed the negative impact overnight fame has had on his mental health: “It suddenly felt like I was a poster. As if I were a billboard. It felt like it was for sale. … I wasn’t sure if I was real. … I hated being a public figure. I felt so far away from myself.


Keira Knightley hasn’t been shy about opening up about the darker aspects of fame. in a (n interview with the Hollywood Reporter, she spoke about “having a breakdown at 22” and would almost walk away from acting altogether.

“I think I was the female version of an angry young man,” Knightley said said. “I felt like I was going down. I hadn’t left the house for three months when the BAFTA nominations took place [for Atonement] happened, and I remember having conversations with my agent and saying, “I can’t come there,” and everyone was like, “If you don’t get to the BAFTAs, the pressure on you is going to be ten times greater.” So I did I actually did hypnotherapy so I could walk the red carpet at the BAFTAs and not have a panic attack.”

In another interview With Balance, Knightley addressed the pressures she faced as a young actress. “Suddenly people were very vocal about me as a young woman and as an actress,” she explained. “I lost confidence in myself because I was made to feel like I didn’t deserve to do what I was doing. … Looking back, that whole time between 19 and 23 is a big blur. I can’t remember it in a linear way because I think my coping mechanisms kicked in and shut out a lot of it.


Kelly Marie Tran retired from acting after facing mass harassment and racism for her role Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Tran turned down several projects and eventually left social media altogether. in a (n interview She explained to the Hollywood Reporter: “I left. I’ve said no to a lot of things I’m doing and how I’m feeling. I realized I didn’t know how I felt anymore. And I couldn’t remember why I was even in this thing.

“Every time that happens, I have to shut up shop and go away for a while and really interact in the real world,” Tran continued. “[I had to] Reading books and magazines and going for a hike and looking at a tree and reminding myself that a fire burned inside me before war of stars, before any of this. And I had to find that again.”


Dylan O’Brien wasn’t sure he’d ever return to acting after an on-set stunt incident Maze Runner: The Death Cure left him badly injured.

The accident left O’Brien with a grueling six-month struggle to recover. in a (n interview Explaining with Vulture, “I was in a dark place there really for a while and it wasn’t an easy journey back. There was a time when I didn’t know if I would ever do it [acting] again… and that thought scared me too.”


Chris Evans almost gave up acting after experiencing it serious concern and panic attacks on set. In fact, he actually turned Marvel down when they first asked him to screen test for the role of Captain America, fearing his fear would prevent him from doing so.

in a (n interview with the Hollywood ReporterAwards Chatter Podcast Evans revealed he first had panic attacks on set while filming puncture (2011): “It was the first time I had mini panic attacks on set. I really started to think, ‘I’m not sure if that’s the case [acting] is right for me, I’m not sure I feel as healthy as I should feel.'”

Today, however, Evans calls taking on the role of Captain America “the best decision [he’s] ever done.” He explained: “I really have to thank for that [Marvel chief] Kevin Feige for being persistent and helping me avoid a big mistake. To be honest, all the things I feared never really came true.”


Ashleigh Murray was on the verge of stepping away from acting due to financial issues just before landing the role of Josie Riverdale.

“I was $4,700 in arrears on rent. I lived in New York City, so it was a lot of money,” Murray said in one interview with colliders. “I was in the process of taking a break from acting for about six months until I could get back on my feet financially, and then hit it big. That was my last audition.”

“I went to the audition and the next day I was walking home from the grocery store with $12 in my bank account,” Murray said continued. “I had to call my mom and ask her for an extra $5 because the last one was spent on eating at Whole Foods just so I could get home.”


Millie Bobby Brown almost gave up on Hollywood altogether after a failure game of Thrones Audition.

“I think I was just really discouraged by the rejection of what I tell everyone. This industry is full of rejection 24/7,” he said stranger things Star explained in one interview with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. “You get a lot more nos… a lot of nos… before you get a yes. I’ve auditioned for commercials, for everything, really. I then auditioned game of Thrones and for that I got a ‘no’. Then I was like, ‘Oh, this is really difficult,’ because I think I really wanted this role.”


Daniel Kaluya said that before he landed the lead at Jordan Peele’s Go outHe came close to retiring from acting due to his experience of racism at casting.

In a joint interview For Essence, Kaluuya told Peele, “I never told you that, but when you reached out to me and we Skyped, I was really disillusioned with acting. I stopped acting for about a year and a half. I checked it out because I thought this wasn’t working.”


Uzo Aduba decided to stop Acting after being late for an audition. Then, that same day, she received a call saying she’d landed the role of Suzanne in Warren’s Crazy Eyes Orange is the new black.

“I went out and said, ‘That was a great audition, you’re not going to get this job, and you’re not going to get it because you were 20 minutes late,'” Aduba said in one interview with Entertainment Weekly. “And that’s God, the universe telling you what it’s been trying to tell you all summer, that’s not for you. And you have to stop trying you, but no” ever since I tried this medium. And I was sitting on the train in tears. … I said, “Okay, you won. I’m going to quit.” And I’ve given up.”

But that certainly wasn’t the end of Aduba’s career. “[I] come home [and] 45 minutes later I got the call to join Orange is the new black,” you continued. “5:43 p.m., I’ll never forget it.”


Chris Hemsworth almost quit acting when he didn’t have much success in auditions immediately after his role in star trek.

“I was just about to quit,” Hemsworth revealed in one interview with Australian Men’s Health. “I became more and more anxious to the point where I couldn’t harness or tap into that energy. It was all to my detriment. … I was trying to convince myself that I wasn’t nervous before the audition, instead of holding onto it and saying, ‘Use it, raise awareness here, sharpen your focus, direct it in the right direction.'”


Ashley Benson said that after that you take a serious break from acting Pretty little liars ended was necessary for her sanity.

in a (n interview With Cosmopolitan, Benson revealed that she took a full year off from acting before deciding to get back into it. “I wanted a break,” she said. “Coming out of a show after such a long time and watching non-stop TV my entire life… I had to take a mental break.”


Before she landed her breakout role as Alexis Schott’s CreekAnnie Murphy was close to retiring from acting due to financial and personal circumstances.

“My house just burned down,” Murphy explained in one interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show. “I had about $3 in my bank account. I hadn’t worked in almost two years and I had just messed up my very first screen test. Like, screwed up, screwed up, screwed up, screwed up. I found I cried myself in the Pacific Ocean, a very snotty cry. And the universe said, ‘Don’t do that anymore. That’s nothing for you.'”


Finally, Robert Pattinson was ready to give up acting altogether after a bad experience with a movie and a failed audition.

“I once decided to quit acting; that was when i did it Small ash‘ Pattinson said in one interview with HuffPost. “I played Salvador Dali and I had to do a lot of scenes where I was naked and I also had to masturbate. I mean really. My orgasmic face is captured for eternity.”

The actor said that on top of that, when he screwed up an audition, his “all his confidence just shit on the bed”. “I remember calling my parents and saying, ‘I’m done, I can’t torture myself anymore,'” he said explained in the Metro interview. Two days later, however, Pattinson landed his audition dusk.

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