Meg Ryan gave up acting to raise her kids – see her today

Born in 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut, Meg Ryan faced the challenges of her parents’ divorce during her teenage years.

Though, this ended up setting the stage for a journey that would lead her to become one of Hollywood’s most beloved actresses

Despite these early hurdles, Ryan’s natural charm and talent propelled her into the Hollywood limelight, where she became known as “America’s sweetheart,” enchanting audiences with her performances in iconic films like Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.

Ryan’s rise to fame was swift, but as she reached the peak of her career, she made a conscious decision to step back from acting to prioritize her personal and family life.

Speaking to OK! (via W Magazine), she said: “[I] didn’t feel like I knew enough about myself or the world to reflect it as an actor. I felt isolated. I wanted to live more. I don’t feel like, naturally, I’m a performer.” The now-62-year-old also added that she had been finding it harder to land roles once she hit her 40s.

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It’s fair to say that her decision could have been influenced by her highly publicized relationship with actor Russell Crowe, which attracted significant media attention and added drama to her personal life.

Meg Ryan’s journey into acting began during her studies in journalism at the University of Connecticut and New York University. She transitioned into commercials before landing her breakout role in the film Top Gun, where she portrayed the wife of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw. Ryan’s on-screen chemistry with co-star Anthony Edwards blossomed into a real-life romantic connection.

Director Joe Dante recognized the significance of Ryan’s role in Armed and Dangerous, acknowledging that her success played a pivotal role in shaping her career. Ryan described her connection with Dennis Quaid, whom she later married, as “like a thunderbolt”, per Entertainment Weekly. However, their marriage faced challenges and ultimately ended in divorce after a decade.

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Speculations about a romantic involvement between Ryan and her co-star Russell Crowe surfaced, but Ryan clarified that her husband’s infidelity occurred before her relationship with Crowe. The emotional toll of these events took its toll on Ryan, prompting her to prioritize her well-being and family life.

Despite the end of her marriage to Quaid, both parties maintained a supportive co-parenting dynamic, particularly for their son Jack, who followed in his parents’ footsteps with appearances in projects like the hit Amazon series The Boys.

In 2006, Ryan expanded her family by adopting Daisy, a 14-month-old girl from China, marking a new chapter in her personal life. Ryan found the experience of adoption to be filled with love and connection, telling People they were “destined” to be mother and daughter.

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Ryan’s timeless beauty and talent continue to inspire, sparking hope among fans for the possibility of seeing her grace the silver screen once again.

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