Demi Moore Says She Considered Quitting Acting But This Role Changed Her Mind

"Was this where I should be putting my energy?"

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Actress Demi Moore, who has been serving look after look since embarking on the Feud: Capote Vs. The Swans press tour back in January, is now making headlines for another reason: She considered quitting acting before her latest movie role came along.

In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 61-year-old actress explained how she went through a period of “questioning” whether or not she should continue acting before starring in her most recent film, The Substance, which earned an 11-minute standing ovation at the 2024 Cannes International Film Festival

“It’s not like I ever officially left, but I understand the sentiment and appreciate it because there hasn’t been a project or a role that has come along that has been this dynamic for me to really dive into and sink my teeth into,” Moore told EW

She continued, “I went through a period of even questioning whether this is what I should still be doing. In the last four years or so, I felt that it was a personal question that I wanted to explore and see. Was this where I should be putting my energy? When you plant seeds, you wait to see what grows.”

Moore shared that she saw similarities between her own life and The Substance, which is a horror movie that follows an actress who wants to return to her youth. “Like the film, it doesn't matter what’s going on outside of you, it has to do with what's going on inside of you,” the Ghost alum explained. 

“Dealing with aging, feeling rejection, and also that external seeking of validation. There were aspects of it that I feel we’ve all had moments with,” the actress added. “The setting gives it a heightened perspective and helps to punctuate the issues, because, as for any of us, when you’re put out there to allow yourself to be criticized, it takes on a bigger life.”

The entertainment industry wouldn’t be the same without you, Demi.

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