Alison Lohman talks about life after Hollywood

Alison Lohman loves her post-Hollywood life.

Lohman, 43, spoke about his decision to stop acting in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter celebrates the 20th anniversary of its first major film Oleander white.

“I’ve always wanted to have kids and a family, that’s always been a huge thing for me,” Lohman said in the interview published Monday. “In a way, if someone finds out that I was an actress before, in a weird way, it’s a bit of a shame because they don’t see me anymore. The bubble bursts and I’m now a actress. I just want to be myself.”

Lohman’s big break came after she portrayed Astrid Magnussen in 2002 white oleander, which also starred Renée Zellweger, Michelle Pfeiffer and Robin Wright.

She left the theater in 2009 after the film Player, in which her husband Mark Neveldine served as co-director. After their marriage, she and Neveldine left fame to quietly start a family. Both, who celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary in August, have since welcomed three children.

Opening up about the height of his fame, Lohman admitted, “Initially it was nice, you know, it was flattering. But, as an actor, there’s a degree of anonymity that I like having. It’s hard to study people when they’re looking at you.”

She shared, “I don’t usually like attention,” however, she added that her publicist told her she had to “accept” it as a famous actress.

For his last film, Player, Lohman recalls meeting Neveldine on set and the hilarious reaction he had when she introduced herself.

“It’s funny because initially he didn’t like me and didn’t want me for this role. I had these dreads at the time, so he had another girl in mind. So when I arrived, he said to me: “What is it? girl doing here? We don’t want this girl wearing dreads. It will not work.” ”

She added, “It’s so funny because that’s how it started. Even for me, I didn’t understand the concept of the script, but looking back on it now, it was way ahead of its time. . It was a great experience because I met Marc.”

As for what made her and Neveldine quit acting and movies, she said that wasn’t the original plan. However, she was inspired after reading the story of a girl who owned a farm and loved gardening.

“It really started a little before that because when I was working on Daughter, we drove through Wyoming and I thought I didn’t want to live in Los Angeles anymore. I wanted to live in a place like that, in the countryside. That’s probably another reason why this movie left such a big impression,” she said.

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The couple eventually purchased a 200-acre farm in upstate New York, she said.

“It became like another role for me, but it was real life. It was so much fun.”

Their lives changed even more after they became parents “and it was so hard for me to get back to acting”.

“I saw all these other actresses being able to have kids and still work, but I realized that wasn’t for me,” she said. THR. “I miss them, but I can’t do two things at the same time, juggling motherhood and my career. I decided that I would be a mother and raise them and maybe later start playing again. .”

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For now, she’s a virtual teacher via Skype, which she says “is really fun.”

“So I’m now waiting to see how life unfolds without putting too much pressure on myself to control it or plan [what comes next].”

Considering her years away from Hollywood, Lohman said she was “almost never” recognized.

“What I love about anonymity is when you meet someone and they don’t know who you are, they’re so different from you. That’s what you miss as an actor. famous because people treat you so differently and it’s true You “I don’t really experience what normal people experience because it’s so pampered and not real. And I have to be honest, I love it,” she said, adding that she wanted to be treated like “everyone else.”

“These are just real interactions and to be a good actor you have to be able to live and take advantage of those real moments.”

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