From James Van Der Beek to Haylie Duff: a look at the stars who have left Hollywood for Texas

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Los Angeles is no longer what it used to be for some celebrities as they continue to trade glitzy glamor for nature and wide-open spaces.

Celebrities like James Van Der Beek and Haylie Duff have made the decision to move their families from California to areas near Texas.

The stars talked about nature, feeling normal, being disconnected and having more space when discussing the reasons for the movements.

This is what they had to say:

James Van Der Beek

James Van Der Beek and his family moved to Texas in 2020.
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James Van Der Beek’s move to Texas It has allowed the actor to prioritize spending time with his family and connecting with nature.

“We love it. We have a lot more space,” Van Der Beek told Fox News Digital. “We all need a more immediate connection to nature. It’s been a really great move, and the kids are really happy.”

Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly made the decision to move to Texas from Los Angeles in 2020. The “Rules of Attraction” star explained that life has been “very different” so far.

“The parks have been amazing,” he told Fox News Digital. “We’ve been going to state parks and national parks. It’s just that one of the benefits of getting out of the big city was getting to a place where we could have more space right outside our door. It’s a very, very different life.” .

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“We see the sunset. We know what phase the moon is in. We can actually see the stars, which is something new,” Van Der Beek said.

Haylie Duff

Haylie Duff, who grew up in Texas, moved with her family to Austin, Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.

Haylie Duff, who grew up in Texas, moved with her family to Austin, Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Haylie Duff, who grew up in Texas, made the decision to return to the Lone Star State during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I think so much about my fear of move from los angeles it was that my career was there and that I would never work again or something like that,” he told Fox News Digital. “And, you know, I think all of this has taught us that Zoom can certainly be a very powerful tool. And we can, you know, very fortunately for me, continue to work from here, and I get to live near my dad, who I haven’t lived here (near) my dad in a long time.

“And there’s a lot of family here that I get to spend time with now that I didn’t before. And we love it. We’ve met great friends here, and we really landed in a great place here.”

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Duff spoke about how less traffic and getting outside more has changed the “quality of life” for her family, including her children. She has also been able to balance a career in Hollywood while living outside of Los Angeles.

“I am so thankful that the job opportunities have still been there for me,” she told Fox News Digital. “And I’m also a big believer that God has your back. So you make the right decision for your family, and he has it.”

Matthew McConaughey and Camila Alves McConaughey

Texas native Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey moved to Austin, Texas in 2012.

Texas native Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey moved to Austin, Texas in 2012.
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Texas native Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila Alves McConaughey moved to Austin, Texas in 2012.

In April, Alves told Fox News Digital that she and her family don’t mind living outside of Hollywood. They prefer it.

“It’s been great,” he said at the time. “It really embodies our belief system, especially the one I grew up with, like going to church every Sunday and saying ‘yes ma’am’ or ‘no sir.’ I grew up saying those things coming from a family of farmers, for me, being from Brazil and then coming to Texas, I discovered a lot of similarities as far as what the families practice here, especially going to church on Sundays and being very into the al outdoors. It’s been a great transition.”

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Alves, whose mother-in-law moved during the coronavirus pandemic, added: “We’ve lived in Malibu for many years and having the paparazzi outside our door every day, every day, when that becomes normal, you don’t realize how much it’s that really affects the things that you do until you really go and get out of there.

“Children have a private way of growing up. So from that perspective, it was very important.”

The McConaugheys recently visited Washington DC, where the 51-year-old actor advocated responsible gun ownership in an emotional White House press conference. Matthew McConaughey is a native of Uvalde, Texas, where 19 students and two teachers were killed by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos during a shooting at Robb Elementary on May 24.

Sandra Bullock

Although Sandra Bullock does not live permanently in Austin, Texas, she still owns a lakefront property that she purchased in 1997.

Although Sandra Bullock does not live permanently in Austin, Texas, she still owns a lakefront property that she purchased in 1997.
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While Sandra Bullock hasn’t moved permanently from Los Angeles, she does have a house in Texas. In December 2021, Bullock shared with Kelly Clarkson that she has since moved back to Los Angeles while her children are in school, but she noted that she “loves” Austin.

“Austin has the vibe of whatever you’re going through, it’s cool,” he told Clarkson at the time.

Bullock still owns a lakefront property on Lake Austin that she purchased in 1997. Additionally, the actress once owned a three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath home near Barton Creek.

“A lot of people in the industry are baffled that I’m just going to pick up and leave Los Angeles,” Bullock previously told Texas Monthly.

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“But I feel a lightness when I’m here. It’s the kind of place where I can feel normal again.”

“Hope Floats” brought Bullock to Texas, but she had been thinking about “escape” Los Angeles before the script landed in the actress’s hands.

“I was making decisions based on fear, based on other people telling me what I should be doing,” he told the outlet. “I was trying to please everyone. I was trying to be all those light-hearted adjectives that people had been attributing to me. I wasn’t trusting my own instincts. I needed to get away.”

“I needed to find a place where I could go to the convenience store and buy a Slurpee whenever I wanted and not have to talk about the movie business.”

Adrian Grenier

Adrian Grenier moved to a farm outside of Austin, Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.

Adrian Grenier moved to a farm outside of Austin, Texas during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Adrian Grenier officially moved to a farm outside of Austin, Texas in 2020. He originally purchased property in Austin five years earlier.

“I had friends here, I had a business here, and I liked the pace. Austin is cosmopolitan without being boastful; it’s earthy,” Grenier told Austin Life Magazine. “People are smart and successful, but they don’t brag. There’s nothing to prove, people accept you and it felt good right away.”

Grenier had worked on environmental initiatives for years, but felt disconnected from the cause.

“I’ve been doing environmental work for the last 20 years. I’ve built organizations and run nonprofits, all designed to tell people to live more in line with nature, and yet I wasn’t living that way.” , said. plug.

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“I was still living everywhere, in the process of accumulating, getting things and things, imagining myself a mini tycoon of anything and everything. I reached the cusp of that promise: if you work hard, you get famous, then you earn a lot.” of money… but it was mediocre at the top.”

The “Entourage” actor admitted that he doesn’t miss much about his former life in Los Angeles.

“I don’t miss anything in that world. Listen, if you go on Instagram long enough, you’ll find some FOMO somewhere, but everyone pretends they’re living their best life,” he said. “Ultimately, I know I am, so I don’t even tell anyone.”

Jamie Lynn Sigler

Jamie-Lynn Sigler moved from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jamie-Lynn Sigler moved from Los Angeles to Austin, Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Jamie-Lynn Sigler has also moved to Texas amid the coronavirus pandemic. The “Big Sky” actress moved from Los Angeles to Austin.

“I feel disconnected, in the best way I’ve ever known,” Sigler told People magazine after her move.

“It’s about the outdoors and nature, which I really appreciate, as I never had it growing up in New York and Los Angeles,” he added.

The “Sopranos” actress revealed that she and her children decided to “fully embrace life on the lake.” Her “prosperous” children, whom she shares with her husband, Cutter Dykstra, “are not so much hidden on screen anymore.”

james marsden

Earlier this year, James Marsden, known for his roles in

Earlier this year, James Marsden, known for his roles in “X-Men” and “Sonic the Hedgehog,” bought a house in Austin, Texas.
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Earlier this year, James Marsden, known for his roles in “X-Men” and “Sonic the Hedgehog,” bought a house in Austin, Texas, for $1.8 million, according to the San Antonio Express News.

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“I love it. I’ve been coming here for 20 years,” Marsden previously said on “Live with Kelly and Ryan.” “It still has that small-town feel, but it’s definitely on the upswing right now.”

Stephanie Nolasco of Fox News contributed to this report

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