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Rare Outing: Kelly McGillis, 62, appeared Thursday in a rare public appearance in North Carolina

Kelly McGillis has been very candid about why Hollywood no longer haunts her.

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In an interview with ET the 62-year-old actress – who was diagnosed with alpha one antitrypsin disorder about five years ago – was unusually candid about why she was not asked to play with Tom Cruise in the Top Gun sequel entitled Maverick.

& # 39; I am old and fat and I look suitable for my age, and that is not what the whole scene is about & said the star who played Charlie Blackwood, Maverick's instructor in the hit film from 1986.. & # 39; But … I'd rather feel completely safe in my skin and who and what I am at my age, rather than attaching value to all those other things. & # 39;

Honest approach: Kelly McGillis was unusually frank about why she was not asked to play with Tom Cruise in the sequel to the Top Gun. Seen last week

Honest approach: Kelly McGillis was unusually frank about why she was not asked to play with Tom Cruise in the sequel to the Top Gun. Seen last week

Kelly looked her best in the first film with her blond curls, small waist and killing legs.

And her chemistry with Cruise, who was then in her twenties, is legendary with a sensual love scene on Berlin's Take My Breath Away music.

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McGillis is five years older than Cruise, whose career moment mainly went through the Mission: Impossible franchise.

But fame is behind Kelly, who moved to Pennsylvania in 2002.

And she told the site that she is happy that another actress is taking over. Cruise's love for the 2020 film is played by Hollywood veterinarian Jennifer Connelly, best known for her Oscar-winning film A Beautiful Mind.

Hot stuff in the 80s: Kelly looked her best in the first film with her blonde curls, small waist and killing legs

They hissed: and her chemistry with Cruise, who was then in her twenties, is legendary with a sensual love scene to the music Take My Breath away

They hissed: and her chemistry with Cruise, who was then in her twenties, is legendary with a sensual love scene to the music Take My Breath away

They hissed: and her chemistry with Cruise, who was then in her twenties, is legendary with a sensual love scene to the music Take My Breath away

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Although she had an enviable career with films such as Witness with Harrison Ford and The Accused with Jodie Foster, she ran away to start a family.

And McGillis said she is happy where she is these days.

& # 39; It did not become a priority & # 39 ;, she said about her film career.

& # 39; It was not like an important decision that I made to leave, it was just that other things became more important & # 39 ;, she added later. # I love acting, I love what I do, I love doing theater, but I don't know. For me, my relationships with other people became much more important than my relationship with fame. & # 39;

She has other ideas: & # 39; It wasn't like an important decision I made to leave, it was just that other things became more important, & # 39; she added later. # I love acting, I love what I do, I love doing theater, but I don't know. For me, my relationships with other people became much more important than my relationship with fame & # 39;

She has other ideas: & # 39; It wasn't like an important decision I made to leave, it was just that other things became more important, & # 39; she added later. # I love acting, I love what I do, I love doing theater, but I don't know. For me, my relationships with other people became much more important than my relationship with fame & # 39;

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She has other ideas: & # 39; It wasn't like an important decision I made to leave, it was just that other things became more important, & # 39; she added later. # I love acting, I love what I do, I love doing theater, but I don't know. For me, my relationships with other people became much more important than my relationship with fame & # 39;

He was in her: in this bar scene, Cruise & # 39; s Maverick does not take a no as an answer

He was in her: in this bar scene, Cruise & # 39; s Maverick does not take a no as an answer

He was in her: in this bar scene, Cruise & # 39; s Maverick does not take a no as an answer

And Kelly also wanted to get sober and focus on her health.

And that was a smart move, because she was diagnosed with alpha one antitrypsin a few years ago.

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Alpha-1 Antitrypsin deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic (hereditary) condition – it is passed on from parents to their children through their genes. According to webmd, alpha-1 can lead to severe lung disease in adults and / or liver disease at any age.

Her love life also became food for gossip magazines.

In 2002, Kelly divorced her second husband, Fred Tillman, and in 2009 she publicly appeared as a lesbian. In 2010 she went to the stock exchange with partner Melanie Leis in 2010, from whom she has now split off.

The new security guard: Jennifer Connelly is now Maverick & # 39; s love interest

The new security guard: Jennifer Connelly is now Maverick & # 39; s love interest

The new security guard: Jennifer Connelly is now Maverick & # 39; s love interest

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She has two daughters, Sonora and Kelsey Tillman.

Fame hit Kelly in her late years & # 39; 20.

In 1983 McGillis made her film debut in the comedy drama Reuben, Reuben after graduating from the famous Juilliard School.

Two years later, she got her big breakthrough in Peter Weir & # 39; s dramatic thriller Witness where she played an Amish widow opposite Harrison Ford.

The following year, Top Gun made her a household name at Top Gun.

The film raised $ 356 million against a production budget of just $ 15 million.

McGillis then won rave reviews as a lawyer who defended a rape victim played by Jodie Foster, who brought a Best Actress Oscar home in The Accused in 1988.

After McGillis survived a similar experience to Foster, he felt compelled to share her story that she had been raped by two strangers when the movie was released.

& # 39; The first weeks after the incident, I was unable to eat or sleep. I kept shaking, & McGillis told People in 1988. & # 39; I would suddenly pant without being able to control it. & # 39;

Big breakthrough: Two years later she got her big breakthrough in Peter Weir & # 39; s dramatic thriller Witness where she played an Amish widow opposite Harrison Ford

Big breakthrough: Two years later she got her big breakthrough in Peter Weir & # 39; s dramatic thriller Witness where she played an Amish widow opposite Harrison Ford

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Big breakthrough: Two years later she got her big breakthrough in Peter Weir & # 39; s dramatic thriller Witness where she played an Amish widow opposite Harrison Ford

& # 39; When the project was finished, it was as if a demon had been calmed down, but I still struggled to tell my story publicly because I was scared. & # 39;

After The Accused, McGillis sparkled between critically breaded films such as North and smaller roles in television films.

Her personal life took a toll and in the end she had to deal with her trapped homosexuality and drug addiction.

Acting Chops: McGillis then received rave reviews as a lawyer who defended a rape victim, played by Jodie Foster, who took a Best Actress Oscar home in 1988 & The 39's Accused

Acting Chops: McGillis then received rave reviews as a lawyer who defended a rape victim, played by Jodie Foster, who took a Best Actress Oscar home in 1988 & The 39's Accused

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Acting Chops: McGillis then received rave reviews as a lawyer who defended a rape victim, played by Jodie Foster, who took a Best Actress Oscar home in 1988 & The 39's Accused

Now McGillis is dipping her toes into action roles intermittently with parts in the Showtime drama The L-Word and the vampire movie Stake Land.

Meanwhile, fans of the original Top Gun are looking forward to the sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which will open in 2020.

Cruise returns as the hotshot pilot while being accompanied by Connelly, Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm and Miles Teller.

Need for speed: Meanwhile, fans of the original Top Gun are looking forward to the sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which will open in 2020

Need for speed: Meanwhile, fans of the original Top Gun are looking forward to the sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which will open in 2020

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Need for speed: Meanwhile, fans of the original Top Gun are looking forward to the sequel Top Gun: Maverick, which will open in 2020

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