Sunday 25 September 2016

Remember '90s 'it girl' Leelee Sobieski? Here's why she left Hollywood

Published 20/04/2016 | 10:37

Leelee Sobieski stars as Aldys In The 20th Century Fox New Release
Leelee Sobieski stars as Aldys In The 20th Century Fox New Release "Never Been Kissed". (Photo By Getty Images)
Actress Leelee Sobieski arrives at the 2007 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Mortons on February 25, 2007 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Leelee Sobieski attends the 2015 Guggenheim International Gala Dinner made possible by Dior at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on November 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Christian Dior)
Leelee Sobieski with Elijah Wood in 1998's Deep Impact
(L to R) Leelee Sobieski, Drew Barrymore, David Arquette and Marley Shelton attend the Premiere of their new film " Never Been Kissed" in 1999
(l to r) Steve Zahn, Leelee Sobieski , and Paul Walker arrive to a special screening of "Joy Ride" in 2001
Actress Leelee Sobieski attends 11th Annual Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)

Leelee Sobieski was once one of the most popular young actresses in Hollywood.

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In the late '90s, she starred in a string of hits like Never Been Kissed with Drew Barrymore and a pre-Lord of the Rings Elijah Wood in Deep Impact.

With additional roles in The Glass House and Joan of Arc, she was a bonafide 'it girl', but has been keeping a low profile in recent years to focus on her family. Sobieski (32) balanced her budding Hollywood career with college as she is an graduate of ivy league Brown University.

She wed designer Adam Kimmel in 2010 and the couple have two children together Louisianna Ray and Martin.

Leelee Sobieski with Elijah Wood in 1998's Deep Impact
Leelee Sobieski with Elijah Wood in 1998's Deep Impact

"I don’t do movie stuff anymore,” Sobieski, 32, told Us Weekly. "I am totally an outsider! I…am just a mom and an outsider. I am just focused on my kids. I think that’s mainly why I stopped."

These days, she still maintains an in-demand status to attend exclusive fashion bashes for Chanel and Dior, and pursues art as a hobby.

"I help my husband with what he does and I paint, secretly!”

She has previously spoken out about the over-sexualisation of female roles and said it's often not worth the undue pressures it can put on personal realtionships.

Actress Leelee Sobieski attends 11th Annual Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
Actress Leelee Sobieski attends 11th Annual Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner at Balthazar on April 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)

"Ninety percent of acting roles involve so much sexual stuff with other people, and I don’t want to do that. It’s such a strange fire to play with, and our relationship is surely strong enough to handle it, but if you’re going to walk through fire, there has to be something incredible on the other side," she told Vogue in 2012.

(l to r) Steve Zahn, Leelee Sobieski , and Paul Walker arrive to a special screening of
(l to r) Steve Zahn, Leelee Sobieski , and Paul Walker arrive to a special screening of "Joy Ride" in 2001

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