The actors who took the longest breaks before returning to Hollywood


Playing the role of a different person melds with the psychology and perspective of the actors. It is then difficult for them to be creative in their work because they cannot think from their point of view. This is why the actors take breaks, but sometimes they are too long. Here are the actors who took the longest breaks:

  1. Emma Watson – After the Harry Potter film series, Emma Watson began to devote time to her education. In 2011, she only worked in The Perks of Being a Wallflower. After graduating from Brown University in 2014, Watson became the Gender Equality Ambassador for the UN. In 2016, she announced that she would focus more on her personal and social development work. She has since taken a year off and worked at her own pace.Emma Watson

  2. Gwyneth Paltrow – In 2016, Paltrow said she wanted to focus more on her business, goop, and took a break from acting. Since then, she’s reprized her role as Pepper in the MCU and done other small-scale projects. In 2020, Paltrow produced and hosted The Goop Lab, a Netflix documentary about the importance of indoor food and how her organization is working on it. Although Paltrow says she will return to acting, she is currently busy with Goop.Gwyneth Paltrow

  3. Eddie Murphy – Murphy took a break from acting in 2011 after receiving the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor. Murphy said he understood he wasn’t making great movies and was ready to take a break. His hiatus lasted six years. The actor said he didn’t notice when those six years passed. However, he then returned to Hollywood and even won an Emmy.Eddie Murphy

  4. Selena Gomez – Selena suffers from a condition called lupus, in which the immune system cannot differentiate and attacks her tissues. It is an acute disease and requires extreme care. Selena also said she had symptoms of depression and anxiety and therefore wanted to make time for her health. In 2019, she announced her breakup and returned for Only Murders in the Building (2021).Selena Gomez

  5. Winona Rider – Winona was arrested for shoplifting and possession of illegal prescription drugs in 2001, after which the actress went on hiatus. Winona Ryder starred in films like Beetlejuice (1998) and Little Women (1994) and achieved mainstream fame, but after the hiatus she went unnoticed around the world until she appeared in Stranger Things.Winona Rider

  6. Joe Pesci – Pesci took an 8-year hiatus from 1998 to 2006. He was cast in The Good Shepherd (2006) and then Love Ranch (2010). After that he again retired from Hollywood but returned at Martin Scorsese’s request for The Irishman (2019). Since then, he has not acted in any other project.Joe Pesci

  7. Ryan Gosling – Ryan said he was losing perspective on his work and wanted to take a break to reevaluate. He went on a one-year hiatus in 2014, temporarily leaving the film industry. However, he returned in 2015 for The Big Short and since then has maintained a remarkable record.

  8. Jennifer Lawrence – After Red Sparrow (2018), JLaw took off from acting. Even though she was in Dark Phoenix (2019), the appearance wasn’t long enough. She returned to the screen with Don’t Look Up (2021), alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.Jennifer Lawrence


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