Taking time out from the spotlight to find herself, the now 44-year-old reveals she was advised not to do so, for fear of being forgotten.
‘People would tell me, “Oh, you should be doing this or that, and you have to keep working, otherwise people will forget about you,”’ she explains. ‘But I learned to stop listening to those voices.’
Though she did struggle to land acting roles upon her return, the actress has most recently found success with the 1980s-set supernatural thriller Stranger Things.
‘It’s that line in First Wives Club – “There are three ages for women: babe, district attorney and Driving Miss Daisy!” I just never got to play that district attorney!’ she laughs.
‘Acting still excites me. I don’t sleep the day before a new job. I’m sure it’s psychosomatic, but still,’ she continues. ‘You know, what’s great about getting older is you realise that other things are more important than this business. Time is just more precious now.’