A-Listers Are Lining Up To Leave Hollywood. Why?

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Superstar British actors Tom Holland and Emily Blunt both voiced their disdain for Hollywood in podcast interviews published in mid-July.

Holland, 27, told Jay Shetty’s “On Purpose” podcast that the entertainment industry is really not his cup of tea, even though he really loves the art of filmmaking.

“Look, I really am a massive fan of making movies but I really do not like Hollywood, it is not for me,” he explained. “The business really scares me. I understand that I’m a part of that business, and I enjoy my kind of interactions with it.”

Holland’s stardom has transcended international boundaries despite his tender age, due largely to his incredible talent. His latest show, “The Crowded Room,” is one of Apple TV’s most popular offerings as of this writing.

“I am always looking for ways to kind of remove myself from it, to kind of just live as normal a life as possible,” he continued. And a “normal” life clearly isn’t what some of his peers get to experience. (RELATED: ‘Not A Free Country’: Woody Harrelson Blasts Hollywood For Pushing ‘Forced Vaccination’) 

“I’ve seen so many people come before me and lose themselves, and I’ve had friends that I’ve grown up with that aren’t friends of mine anymore, because they’ve lost themselves to this business,” Holland added. “I just am really, really keen to focus on what makes me happy, which is my family, it’s my friends. It’s my carpentry, my golf, the charity that my mom runs.”

Blunt, 40, seemed to echo Holland’s sentiments on the importance of family while being interviewed on the “Table For Two with Bruce Bozzi” podcast. “This year, I’m not working. I worked quite a bit last year and my oldest baby is nine, so we’re in the last year of single digits,” she told the show.

Blunt shares two daughters with her husband, “The Office” star John Krasinski, Page Six noted. “And I just feel [like] there are cornerstones to their day that are so important when they’re little,” she continued. “And it’s, ‘Will you wake me up? Will you take me to school? Will you pick me up? Will you put me to bed?’ And I just need to be there for all of them for a good stretch. And I just felt that in my bones.”

She went on to admit that Hollywood can be “very disappointing” for women. “My toes curl when people tell me, ‘My daughter wants to be an actress.’ I want to say, ‘don’t do it,'” she told Harper’s Bazaar in early June. “Because it’s a hard industry and it can be very disappointing. A lot of people tell you not to take things personally — but it’s completely personal, especially when you’re being judged on how you look. So you just have to endure that side of things.” (RELATED: Brendan Fraser’s Commentary On Awards Is The Most Refreshing Analysis Of Hollywood)

It sounds like being famous just isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and the faults within the superficiality of Hollywood are finally breaking down after about 100 years of existence. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted, except for everyone involved in it.

Is it just me, or is it kind of lovely to see two of the biggest industry names call out how toxic Hollywood is, and what a safe haven one’s family can be? So refreshing.

You can watch Holland’s full interview here: