These six actors and actresses have voluntarily put their Hollywood career on hold in order to devote themselves to a completely different field.
Discover six actors who have agreed to put their career on hold to radically change their professional field. You will see that these fields are varied, from politics at the national level to the mead distillery!
Kal Penn (2009 – 2017)
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Revealed in 2002 after being the stooge of Ryan Reynolds in American party – Van Wilder public relationsKal Penn starred in three Harold & Kumar films between 2004 and 2011. In the meantime, he appeared in the series Dr House in the landmark role of Doctor Lawrence Kutner, then in How I Met Your Mother.
In April 2009, Kal Penn put his career on hold when he joined the Obama administration as executive assistant to the Office of Public Engagement at the White House, dedicated to relations between national actors and interest groups. This position requires him to cease all film or television activity, which he will accept.
To film Harold and Kumar’s Merry Christmas, he is also forced to leave his post. Once filming was completed, he was rehired, but this time to the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Since the end of Barack Obama’s mandate, we have been able to see him again in 3 seasons of Designated Survivor.
Karyn Parsons (2002 – 2018)
Famous for her role as Hilary Banks, Will’s seemingly superficial cousin in The prince of Bel-Airshe also played the producer of a losing radio host played by Tim Meadows in A ladies’ man (2000) or the heroine of Mixing Nia (1998), a film about the quest for identity with isaiah washington directed by Alison Swan.
lifelong activist, Karyn Parsons put her career on hold in 2002, she founded the Sweet Blackberry Foundation, a production company that seeks to introduce children around the world to the little-known stories of African-American heroes. However, she will return to the screens to shoot under the direction of her husband Alexandre Rockwell, the touching film Sweet Thing (2020).
Dylan Sprouse (2011 – 2017)
Disney Channel star Dylan was made famous with his twin Cole Sprouse for their duet in The Palace Life of Zack and Cody (2005 – 2008) then The Cruise Life of Zack and Cody (2008 – 2011). At the end of his contract with the TV channel, and frightened by his popularity gained between his 13 and 19 years, he leaves for other horizons.
Dylan Sprouse then stops his career and pursues studies of video game designer for four years. In 2018, he also opened a mead distillery named the “All-Wise Meadery” and located in Brooklyn.
He will resume his initial acting work with the horror film Dismissed (2017) then comedy banana split (2018). He then plays the character of Trevor, which makes Hardin jealous in After: Chapter 2 then the main role of Beautiful Disastera romantic comedy with Autumn Reeser.
Hilary Swank debuted in Miss Karate Kid (1994), and his talent is really revealed in Boys Don’t Cry (1999) then insomnia (2000). In 2005, she won the Oscar for best actress in Million Dollar Baby of Clint Eastwood.
Ten years later, in 2015, the actress stopped her career for a year to devote herself to her father, who had a lung transplant. A year that will finally last three, as she told Health Magazine in 2020:
“It was supposed to take a year because that’s how long it takes to check that a transplant works. A lung transplant is the most difficult of all, because it’s a very delicate organ. It was supposed to take a year, but I became my dad’s health advocate. The predicted year became two, then three. And thank God the prayers have been answered, he’s been healthy for over five years.”
However, the actress resumed the path of the sets in 2017 for what they had and 55 steps, in which she holds the leading roles. In 2020, she is shooting the Netflix series Away then Fatal of Deon Taylor.
Freddie Prinze Jr. (2008 – 2010)
Husband of Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze Jr. appeared in the films Scooby Doo and the saga remember last summer. In 2008, he chose to move away from Hollywood time to try to break into the field of wrestling. Passionate for many years, writing on the subject on his blog, he is hired as a member of the creative team of the TV show SmackDown.
A year later, Prinze and WWE went their separate ways, however, before the contract resumed in 2010, with a producer and director role for the comedian. He’s been running a wrestling podcast for years, Wrestling With Freddie.
Prinze also returned to work in Hollywood, the time of 24 episodes of 24 hour clock, then especially as a dubbing actor. We owe him the voice of Kanan Jarrus in star wars rebels and lots of video game voices. In 2021, we saw him again in front of the camera for the revival of Punky Brewster.