Is Ryan Phillippe Ready to Quit Acting?

Celebrity News Apr. 25, 2011 AT 9:38AM
Is Ryan Phillippe Ready to Quit Acting? Credit: Jordan Strauss/WireImage.com

Ryan Phillippe is burned out.

"I think I'm going to end my acting career," the Bang Bang Club actor recently told the New York Post's Page Six.

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He explained, "I'm so introverted. I'm ready to go behind the scenes. I'm 36, but I've been doing this for 20 years."

Indeed, Phillippe got his dramatic start as a teen in the early 90s on the just-cancelled ABC soap One Life to Live.

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His first step in quitting life as a Hollywood star? Leaving Hollywood, the town. "It's so hard to go out in L.A. I'm going to move," Phillippe said. "I'm going to spend a third of my year in New York," he added, explaining he's been looking at pads in NYC's SoHo neighborhood.

One of the reasons Phillippe's ready to stop being a celeb? The focus on his busy love life -- his rocky divorce from Reese Witherspoon, his on-again, off-again relationship with Amanda Seyfried, his ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp's pregnancy and more.

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"I'm a good guy," he insisted. "I'm not that guy you read about."

UPDATE: A source close to the star insists to Us Weekly:  "He's been talking about expanding his talents to producing and directing, but never give up acting. He's not retiring from acting anytime soon!"

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