Despite being one of the most accomplished British actresses working today, Billie Piper has stated that she will be acting “less and less” in the future.
Becoming a breakout star at just 15 with her debut single Because We Want To, Billie has spent the majority of her life in the public eye and now, she’s eager to step away from the spotlight.
Describing life in the limelight as “depressing” and “poisonous”, she revealed in an interview with The Guardian that her “happiest” times had been prior to finding fame.
She told the publication: “…It [fame] will change your everyday experience of life in a way that is depressing, frankly, in my experience of it.”
Although she is grateful for her success, Billie admitted that she’d become tired of the focus not being on her work.
When asked why she had continued to act, the mum-of-three told The Guardian that she loved being creative, and this passion had kept her remaining in the public eye.
However, that may be about to change, as Billie revealed that she was keen to pursue production roles behind the camera.
“As I'm getting older, I'm enjoying making things from the ground up more and more and I think probably in the future, I'll act less and less.”
Fans of the actress will not be surprised, as the singer-turned-actress has recently made her directorial debut with the film, Rare Beasts.
She also helped to create Sky drama I Hate Suzie, alongside Succession writer Lucy Pebble.
The pair had previously worked together when Billie starred in the ITV series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, which aired during the height of her fame in her early twenties.
Having just turned 40, the former Doctor Who companion has time to reflect on her early star – something the star struggled to do previously.
Until recently, the actress had able to listen to or watch her younger self on screen but is now able to look back “fondly” despite still having “mixed emotions”.
Billie is still the youngest female artist to debut at number one in the charts, and told Grazia that she could relate to Britney Spears as she too struggled to control her own life as a pop star.
She added that it was something that many women who were in the public eye, could relate to.
Having worked 18-hour days as a musician, the actress said that the period had had a very “negative impact” on her as she would later develop an eating disorder.
She said: “It was a combination of burnout, the trauma of becoming really famous, being disconnected with my family, a lack of control in my life – hence the eating disorder.”
Although the actress has long since recovered, it wasn’t until last year that she sought therapy to her process her experience of fame.
It was this that helped Billie finally begin to step away from the spotlight and purse something she “loves”.
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