Mia Wasikowska talks about leaving Hollywood


March 5, 2023 | 4:44

Actress Mia Wasikowska said she left Hollywood for her native Australia because she ‘didn’t really like the lifestyle’ of making movie after movie, which made her feel ‘disconnected’ from her community .

“I want to do more things in life than be in a trailer,” the ‘Jane Eyre’ actress revealed to IndieWire in an interview published Friday.

Not so long ago, Wasikowska was a Hollywood “it” girl, starring in hit movies like Disney’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Crimson Peak.” But she said after living a hectic lifestyle since her teenage years, she was ready for a change of pace.

“I didn’t really like the lifestyle of going back to back. I felt really disconnected from any larger community,” she said.

“I had been doing it since I was 17 – well, more like 15 – but I really worked a lot from 17 onwards. I spent 10 to 15 years, completely like, new city, new country, every three months. And it’s like starting school all over again every few months. Especially when you’re younger, when you don’t have that base. I found it really difficult.

The 33-year-old said it made her want to find a place where she could put down roots.

Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson attend the 67th Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2014 in Cannes, France.

“Maybe if the payoff is good and you feel really good doing it, then that’s okay. But I didn’t. So I wanted to establish that for myself at a on a personal level and having more of a sense of a place where I belong, not just on a film set that wraps up every few weeks,” she said.

Wasikowska moved back to Sydney a few years ago and since then has been working on Australian indie projects like “Blueback,” a drama about an oceanographer advocating for coral reefs against poachers, released last year.

The ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ actress said she’d like to work on Hollywood movies occasionally, but can’t see herself returning to Los Angeles full-time.

“I’m pretty happy,” she said. “If I can have the best of both worlds, which is to dive in and out from time to time, I would be really happy. But I would never be in this place where I was just on a treadmill.

“I want to do more things in life than being in a caravan. It’s great, and there are lots of beautiful things, (but) the perception is quite different from reality. And it did not suit me as a person. You can really lose perspective because you’re treated quite strangely. When that’s your only reality, it’s quite strange.

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