Actor Sam Neill has spent nearly 50 years scriptwriting an era-defining career, bolstered by Hollywood blockbusters, such as The Hunt for Red October and Jurassic Park franchise. But he doesn’t like to stay in Hollywood because it’s frustrating.
The actor resides at his now famous farm and vineyard in New Zealand’s Central Otago region.
“I took my family to Hollywood, and we stayed there for maybe two years. But I never liked living there. I really enjoy working there, and everything about the film industry there. I have many friends there. But it’s not a place I want to live,” Neill tells us.
Why? “My real home is my farm in New Zealand. There I am in peace, where I produce wine. I have all my lovely animals, we grow our own fruits and vegetables. Everything is organic. That’s the other half of my life,” he explains.
The 74-year-old continues: “What I found frustrating about Hollywood, and you notice it happening to you, is that the only thing people are interested in is show business. I’m not that interested in show business. It’s given me a good life.” I like acting and starring in movies but I’m not interested in showbiz I don’t care what goes right at the box office I don’t care and I’m not interested in who the new stars are unless I work with them. I just have no interest in show business”.
“That’s different from my life as an actor. So not living there gives me that detachment. And I don’t have to think about things that really aren’t important,” he says.
After completing his projects in the pipeline, the Jurassic World Dominion actor is even planning to take a break from acting and work on his memoir. “After finishing a few more movies, I’m actually taking a break for a while. I’m taking the rest of the year off. I have often been asked to write my autobiography, to which I have always firmly said no. However, I started writing it and found it interesting,” he reveals.
According to Neill, writing a memoir about his life doesn’t mean his “life is really special or anything”. “But I find it very exciting. I will write about India and my time in Rajasthan. It was a series of accidents that led me to acting. I didn’t become a full-time actor until I was 29, which is quite late to start. So writing about it turns out to be quite cathartic. That’s why I want to spend some time on it. I don’t know if anyone is interested in it, but for my grandchildren it’s definitely there,” he says when finishing.