Kelly McGillis, who is so pivotal in the original Top Gun, won't appear in its sequel, and now she's speaking out.
Maverick and Charlie a Match Made In Heaven
It's Not the Same As Back Then
McGillis says at this time in her life, she doesn't see herself playing a role in that movie:
"I think just my priorities in life changed. It wasn't like a major decision that I made to leave, it was just that other things became more important. I love acting, I love what I do, I love doing theater, but I don't know."
"To me, my relationships to other people became far more important than my relationship to fame."
She Feels Lucky For Getting the Role
McGillis added that she's kind of a homebody and is enjoying herself at home right now.
"I am a home person. I'm really rooted in my home life ... I can't remember the last time I worked."
"I feel really blessed that I don't have to work, you know? But I get the option to work, so I'm really blessed in that way. Not many people get that option later in life, so I feel very lucky."
She's Busy Being a Mom
In addition, McGillis says she's being a parent right now and making sure she stays sober.
"It was very challenging for me to have any kind of sense of self or self-identity or real self-worth other than what I did for a living. And it just -- it didn't become a priority; what became the priority initially was raising my girls and being the best sober parent I could be."
Top Gun: Maverick is set for a June 26, 2020 release date.