By Deirdre Durkan-Symonds and Samir Suri for DailyMail.com
15:17 25 October 2023, updated 15:59 25 October 2023
meg ryan Following her starring roles in When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle, her decision to take a step back from Hollywood was highlighted.
After cementing her status as a leading lady and household name, the 61-year-old actress revealed why she took time out from her career ahead of the release of her first romantic comedy, what happens laterIn about 15 years.
“I took a big break because I felt like there were more parts of my experience as a person that I wanted to develop,” the mother of two tells People.
He further said, ‘It is good to think of it as a job, not a lifestyle. And this is a great way for me to navigate it.’
In 2015, he made his directorial debut with the drama Ithaca, based on William Saroyan’s 1943 novel The Human Comedy.
For his latest project, What Happens Later, he worked with David Duchovny to direct, write, and star.
‘This came to me during lockdown,’ he murmured. ‘The gist of it is that these are two people stuck together. I just like the idea that we’re tied to one place, even if it seems contradictory, maybe for reasons that fit them.’
In a recent conversation with Carol Burnett Interview Magazine, Ryan unveils the process of making his new film.
“Honestly, the easiest part was acting in it,” he said. ‘I want to direct again so I can sit in the chair, because I’m sure there are a lot of things I’ve missed.’
The artist also said: ‘I haven’t played a role in a while, but it was fun with David.’
He further said, ‘A lot of this work was done in two takes. I am proud of him. I had arranged everything in advance so that once we get there it would be just David and I trying to tell the truth.
Meg explained that the process of putting the film together was ‘really deliberate’ – and was accomplished on a budget of $3 million.
‘We had to do this work very quickly. A lot of those extras weren’t even ours, they were real people, Meg revealed. ‘We went back to post and made everyone the same palette. You can do a lot digitally now, thank God.
Meg rose to stardom in the 1980s by playing the girlfriend in hit films like the original Top Gun and When Harry Met Sally.
As the years passed, she became integrally identified with romantic comedies, with her most famous films including Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail.
However, her girl-next-door image took a hit in 2000 when news broke of her affair with her Proof of Life co-star Russell Crowe.
At the time, Meg was still married to Dennis Quaid, whom she later accused of being unfaithful to her ‘for a long time’ during their relationship.
What Happens Later is the first rom-com that Meg has starred in for over a decade, her previous entry in the genre being the 2009 film Serious Moonlight.
In the recently released trailer for What Happens Now, Meg’s character Wilhelmina and David’s character William run into each other at an airport.
It emerges that the pair are ex-girlfriends whose romance ended decades ago – but there is still an undeniable chemistry between them.
When both of their flights are delayed, they are stuck together, waiting around at the airport with nothing to do but finish unfinished business from their past.