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What do Jennifer Aniston, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Pattinson have in common you may ask? The three actors once thought about quitting their acting careers.

Actors. Jennifer Aniston, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Pattinson almost quit their acting careers.
Actors. Jennifer Aniston, Chris Hemsworth and Robert Pattinson almost quit their acting careers.

Most people have thought about giving up their jobs at one time or another, and just like us, here are some of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities who have almost turned their back on their acting careers.

Jennifer Aniston became one of the most recognizable names in the business after her starring role on Friends. In the years that followed, she landed prominent roles in films such as Horrible Bosses and We’re the Millers. However, in September 2020, she admitted that there was one acting job that led her to consider ending her career for good.

The Emmy winner Jennifer Aniston refrained from naming the project that pushed her to her limits with its lack of organization. It was after she had completed a job which sucked the life out of her, and she didn't know at the time if acting is what interests her anymore.

In a March 2019 Australian Men’s Health cover story, Chris Hemsworth admitted to feeling a whole lot of doubt early in his career in Hollywood. After not gaining traction following his role in 2009’s Star Trek, he considered leaving acting behind.

At the time he said he was about to quit, he got more and more anxious to the point where he couldn’t harness or use that energy. It was all to his detriment. The Australian native eventually found peace with the process. 

He stopped asking who he had to be or what personality did he have to shape in order to succeed in this business.  He explained you have to be truly yourself, and that’s when things started to change for him, and that’s when Chris Hemsworth felt happier.

In addition to appearing in multiple Marvel Cinematic Universe films as Thor, Chris Hemsworth has starred in high-profile movies such as the female-led Ghostbusters reboot in 2016 and Bad Times at the El Royale in 2018.

A few years after his role in 2005’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Robert Pattinson contemplated exiting the entertainment business after his initial not-so-great audition for Twilight — the film franchise that catapulted his career.

The Good Time actor, who is taking over the role of Batman from Ben Affleck, added that the audition was one of the worst he did in his whole life, and he remembers calling his parents saying he’s done acting, he can’t torture myself anymore. But the next day, Robert Pattinson got a follow-up Twilight audition.

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