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Meg Ryan: 'I'm a terrible celebrity'

Published 15/06/2016

Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan couldn't handle the constant attention if she was just starting out in her career now.

Actress Meg Ryan would struggle to make it in Hollywood today because she thinks she's a "terrible celebrity".

The 54-year-old became America's sweetheart thanks to a series of hit romantic comedies in the 1990s, including Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, before stepping back from the limelight and taking a hiatus from the big screen seven years ago.

Now she's back with new movie Ithaca, which she also directed, and Meg admits things have changed so much during her time away, she wouldn't stand a chance in Hollywood if she was at the beginning of her career today.

"I am a terrible celebrity,” she confessed to Vanity Fair. “If I started my career today, I wouldn’t have a chance. It’s a totally different experience. Social media has changed things. It’s so vast and big. I couldn’t handle the constant attention and the judging.

"Some aspects of social media are wonderful. People can speak directly to their audience, and they don’t have to get interpreted. That’s pretty great.”

The When Harry Met Sally star hasn't exactly avoided social media and gossip attention in recent years - her romance with John Mellencamp became a talking point and her presenting appearance at the 2016 Tony Awards on Sunday (12Jun16) was called into question by viewers on social networking sites.

That said, Meg has been able to avoid Hollywood's obsession with beauty and ageing by residing in New York City.

"I don’t feel like I have quotes around myself and labeled as a celebrity when I’m walking around during the day. I can be myself,” she explained. “With New Yorkers, I’m talking about how the weather sucks or how cool that parade was and I feel really proud of that. I’m a citizen, and I didn’t have to give up my life.”

While Meg stars in Ithaca, she is more focused on her work behind the screen, and is thrilled with her directorial debut.

"Once you do it, you get the bug,” she said. “I like the behind-the-scenes thing. I really do. Acting for a while was really fun and it still is, but directing is something even more.”

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