In a revealing and intimate personal essay in New York Magazine, Alec Baldwin reveals that he’s giving up public life and all the burdens that go with it.
“I started out as an actor, where you seek to understand yourself using the words of great writers and collaborating with other creative people,” he writes. “Then I slid into show business, where you seek only an audience’s approval, whether you deserve it or not. I think I want to go back to being an actor now.”
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His struggles with show business and fame have been well documented, to say the least. From his Twitter tirades to his paparazzo run-ins, it’s no secret that fame has come at a cost for the 55-year-old.
In the essay, he opens up about his run-in with the paps, facing off with Anderson Cooper, being fired from MSNBC, working with Shia LaBeouf and more—and boy is there a lot we didn’t know!
Check out six of the most interesting things Alec revealed about himself in the candid essay!
Alec is a through-and-through New Yorker. He was raised on Long Island, attended New York University, starred in New York-based 30 Rock—even his essay about hating public life and giving up on New York was published in NY Mag!
He was one of few celebrities who were loyal to the Big Apple, rather than relocating to Los Angeles. But recently, his feelings about his city have changed.
“I probably have to move out of New York,” he writes. “I just can’t live in New York anymore. Everything I hated about L.A. I’m beginning to crave. L.A. is a place where you live behind a gate, you get in a car, your interaction with the public is minimal. I used to hate that. But New York has changed.”
He continues by saying that New York is no longer the place where he can give his baby daughter, 6-month-old Carmen, “as normal and decent a life as [he] provide.”