E.T. Star Reveals Why He Left Hollywood and Discouraged His Children From Becoming Actors

April 22, 2022

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is still one of the most loved family films of all time, even forty years after its release. When it comes to the movie’s two child stars, Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas, their lives following the film were very different. While Barrymore had a troubled youth and subsequently remained very much a part of Hollywood, Thomas led a relatively uneventful life, continued to work in the industry but reached a point in his life when he realized that life in Los Angeles was no longer for him. Thomas and his family now live on a farm near Portland, Oregon, and while he still has a very healthy TV and movie career, he explained in recent interview that living in L.A. just “didn’t make sense” to him.

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