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Neve Campbell on Why She Left Hollywood After 'Scream'

Neve Campbell on Why She Left Hollywood After ‘Scream’

Neve Campbell opened up about her choice to temporarily leave Hollywood while visiting The Late Show on Tuesday (June 10).

Host Stephen Colbert listed many of Campbell‘s notable projects, including Party of Five, the Scream franchise and The Craft. “Ten years ago you had the world on a string,” he said. “And then you left. You went to London. Why don’t you like us, Neve Campbell?”

“I needed a minute,” she answered. “In my 20s, it all hit so fast and so big that it was a little overwhelming. Wonderful, obviously, and I’m very grateful for it, but it got to a level, also, where the kinds of things that I was being offered were not the things I wanted to do. I was constantly being offered horror films, because I was known for horror films, or bad romantic comedies.”

“I just wasn’t interested in the scripts and I was feeling a bit unhappy with the things that were coming to me and I was feeling a little bored of the whole thing and I thought, ‘I want a change,'” she said. The actress explained that she moved to London, where she was “completely anonymous.”

Colbert then asked how she was able to live in London without being recognized. “It’s just very different there,” she said. “I literally did not get bothered once. People would ask me what I did for a living. I’d say, ‘I act’ and they go, ‘Oh, okay.’ It was so lovely.”

The Canadian actressfirst big role came in 1994 when she was cast as Julia Salinger in Party of Five at the age of 20. “I was pretty clueless because I was a dancer,” she said of her early years in Hollywood. “I just didn’t know American pop culture at all and suddenly I became and actor and suddenly these things were happening to me.”

Campbell said her experience of hosting Saturday Night Live in 1997 represented her naivety in regards to Hollywood. “I hadn’t seen SNL very often. I wasn’t that familiar with it. I was terrified and then I found out that my musician was David Bowie and my friend Michael was like, ‘David Bowie. Oh my God!’ and I was like, ‘Who’s David Bowie?'” she recalled. “That experience was so wasted on me cause I was clueless.”

The actress stars opposite Dwayne Johnson in the action movie Skyscraper, opening Friday.

Watch the full interview below.

Stephen Colbert
Late-Night TV