8 Celebrity Moms Who Considered Quitting Hollywood For Motherhood

  
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When you’ve got plenty of money, why keep working? Many Hollywood celebrity moms gave up their careers, or at least thought about giving up their careers as soon as they had kids and fell in love with being a mother. It’s probably even more enticing when being a celebrity requires a lot of travel and harsh media attention, and many famous ladies are lucky that they don’t have to work to survive financially. Here are eight celebrity moms who have put their careers on hold or talked about stepping out of the spotlight:

8. Meg Ryan

After being lambasted by the media for having an affair with Russell Crowe on the set of the movie Proof of Life, Meg Ryan took a step back from acting for a while and focused on raising her son Jack and daughter Daisy. She starred in 2001’s Kate and Leopold, but between 2001 and 2013 she only appeared in a small handful of little-known movies such as In the Cut, Against the Ropes, In the Land of Women and Serious Moonlight (she also did voice work for an episode of The Simpsons). In 2013, her friend Delia Ephron told People Magazine that living in New York “makes you different,” adding, “Los Angeles is just about movies. New York is about so much more than that, and so is Meg.” Meg now tries very hard not to be recognized, and often escapes to places such as Martha’s Vineyard so that she can live a quieter life.

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7. Megan Fox

Megan Fox is only 29, but she’s mom to sons Noah and Bodhi, from her marriage to now estranged husband Brian Austin Green. Once she had her kids, she slowed down her career and stopped choosing uber-sexy roles. “It changes your perspective about being overly sexual in a film when you have a baby,” she said in an interview with The Mirror. “I’m going to be more cautious about choosing films because I’m already thinking about when he’s in school and his friends are going to be showing him my photo shoots with me in a bikini and he’s going to be horrified. So that will deter me from making some of the choices I made before.” Megan also said,  “I don’t receive the same satisfaction from my career as I do from being a mother so I’m really happy.” She’s still going to act; she appeared in both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films, and the television series New Girl — but you won’t see her on quite as many billboards as before.

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