It was more than two decades ago when Kelly Le Brook bid farewell to Hollywood with no intention of returning.
It was after the star’s divorce from Steven Seagal in 1996. By that time, the actress was looking for a simpler life and decided to quietly quit her career to live in Southern California where she raised her three children away from the bright lights. It was to the relief of Le Brock, who started modeling as a teen and later rose to fame with films such as 1984’s “The Woman in Red,” 1985’s “Weird Science,” and “Hard to Kill” in the 1990s.
But sometimes Le Brock feels “itchy” to work again. And when the “Tomorrow’s Today” script came, she quickly said yes. The movie, formerly titled “Charlie Boy”, caught the world’s attention when Shawn Young was expelled from the set. In 2018, the “Blade Runner” star was accused of stealing laptops from a production office.
In the comedy, Le Brock plays the grieving mother and ex-wife of an ex-gangster trying to right the wrongs of his life.
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The 61-year-old actress spoke to Fox News about the “Tomorrow’s Today” movie that left Hollywood and what life really is like for her these days.
Fox News: What was Donna’s role in “Tomorrow’s Today” that attracted you as an actress?
Kelly Lou Brook: I’m a professional ex-wife *laughs*. [Director] Timothy [Hines] He is very persistent and assured me that he will take good care of me and make me look great. But I also think he put together a great little movie for very little money. I read the text and it had potential. She had a heart and Timothy was constantly working on it. And in the end, it’s a nice little story to tell… [Co-star] Greg [Kritikos] This is a doll. It’s totally personal. The rest of the cast was warm and adorable. It was a good experience for me.
Fox News: How did it feel to play someone like Donna?
Brooke: I have three wonderful children and I’ve had experiences where I’ve run into potential and potential tragedies with these three. And you know, I’ve worked a lot of hospice homes in my life and they’ve worked with a lot of kids with cancer. Those experiences touched my heart deeply. So I was able to benefit from those personal experiences. I wanted to show how subtle and quiet sadness can be at times. He never leaves you, even when you try to be special about him.
Fox News: In the 80s, you were considered the ultimate dream girl. Then it disappeared. Why did you leave Hollywood?
Brooke: Hollywood was not a place where I wanted to raise my children. My divorce was a lot in the press. And I’m not a Hollywood girl. was not. I really didn’t like the attention. I wanted to have dirt in my nails and be outdoors.
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So I quit my career and moved to the wilderness where I lived without TV for 25 years. I did my best as a single mom. I have three wonderful children. I can always get back to my career. I can’t go back to my children. Some people can do both. But I already got fame and I’m done with it. I became famous when I was very young and did nothing good. It just caused shock. Being famous is not for everyone.
Fox News: With social media, it is now easier than ever to become famous.
Brooke: I got out of control. I don’t want a part of it. I don’t have a computer. I have internet but it is bad service. And I like it that way. I’m very happy.
Fox News: She left Hollywood and moved to a farm. It must have set you free to be surrounded by nature and animals.
Brooke: Well, there are animals in Hollywood too, dressed up *laughs*. I’m just more comfortable in the country. Always. I grew up in upstate New York in the Lake Champlain region. I’ve always had this ingrained need to be on land with big, open spaces. I’ve ridden my horse, I’ve chased the Grizzlies on the Continental Divide, I’ve been up and down the Grand Canyon. I grow my own vegetables. I was in the wilderness where I ran out of water and drank from puddles. I guess I’m kind of different, but I like it that way.
Fox News: How did it feel to raise your children out of the spotlight?
Brooke: Divorce was not easy for the children. It was a difficult divorce. I wanted to protect them from the press. They have developed well. And that’s all that really matters to me at the end of the day.
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Fox News: When did you realize you wanted to act again?
Brooke: When I was drunk – no, I’m just kidding. I’ve always had this little itch in me to get back to work, but as soon as I think about it, it goes away. I’ve been shown a TV series and kind of the way I’m going to be interested in doing that would be to write with the book. It’s a conditional thing. And I think these NYPD cops need some kind of comedic relief. I don’t think there is enough of it. So if I do anything, I’d like to bring some relief.
Fox News: There must have been something really special that you spotted in the script for “Tomorrow’s Today,” especially with you being so selective about the types of projects you’ll be doing now.
Brooke: I don’t even have a real agent. I can’t be honest with you. I just want to ride my horse, eat good food and drink nice wine. I want to enjoy the rest of my days. I am the grandmother of three wonderful grandchildren.
I want a simple life. I don’t care about making movies anymore. There must be something really special in the text for me to say yes. There was something special about this scenario. I love to cook and eat foods that are very healing and delicious. Maybe there is a cooking program that someone would be interested in with me. “Kelly’s Kitchen” – I love the sound of it. But I live in a very beautiful place and I am completely satisfied. I’m dating and hoping to find my last partner. That would be great.
Fox News: Back in the day, I was a sex symbol. Do you think this helped or hurt you?
Brooke: I didn’t mind it either way. It’s better than being ugly *laughs*. Hello, let’s start there. But you must be goofy too. It is utter nonsense that after a certain age, you are no longer allowed to be beautiful. You can be beautiful at any age. It’s up to us as women to feel beautiful and say, “I’m beautiful.”
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Wrinkles of the skin and in the end we are left not with youth, but with our experiences. And that to me is prettier and more exciting than a pretty girl who doesn’t have much to say. We have to believe that we are beautiful. If you don’t believe it, how will someone else understand it?
Fox News: One of your daughters started modeling in 2017. What advice would you give her?
Brooke: Don’t be anyone else. God gave you the most beautiful things and made you special. You don’t have to depend on someone else to feel happy. Be the best person you can be. Don’t look at someone else and say, “I wish I had what they had” because there are people who don’t have anything.
But my kids are down to earth. They grew up in an animal-free river. They knew how to track down skin and all kinds of things. And for me, that’s the best thing I can get as a parent – validation. They are really good with themselves which is great. It gives me so much peace. They were always my top priority.
Tomorrow’s Today hits theaters December 24.