The main reason why Hollywood movies rarely ever feature Debra Winger anymore? Well, she proudly and voluntarily walked away from the movie machine in 1995. According to a New York profile of Winger, she stood on a road in Ireland and announced to her soon-to-be-husband, “That’s it, I’m done.” The truth is that she’d “wanted out” for quite some time. “I got sick of hearing myself say I wanted to quit,” Winger said.
But why walk away from that Tinseltown life? “The parts that were coming,” Winger told People in 2017, “I wasn’t interested in.” Those roles were mostly rehashes of ones she’s already portrayed, and, as far as she was concerned, why bother? “I’d already done that or I’d already felt that,” she shared. “I needed to be challenged.”
With that spirit in mind, she paused her film acting career for about six years and focused on where the challenges really lay. “My life challenged me more than the parts, so I dove into it fully,” she said. Whether it’s movie roles or life itself Winger says she’s “interested in what scares [her].” So if you come across the rare TV series or movie with Debra Winger in it, tread carefully — if it scares her, it might scare you.