Rachel Griffiths reveals why she and so many Australian actors are fleeing America

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Since the start of the pandemic, Australia has seen many expats returning home after living in America for years.

And actress Rachel Griffiths, 52, believes she knows why that is – and it’s not just up to Covid.

In a column for Stellar Magazine, the star of Muriel’s Wedding, who lived in the US for ten years before coming home, writes ‘American freedom’ is in tatters.

Exodus: Since the start of the pandemic, Australia has seen many ex-pats return home after living in America for years. And actress Rachel Griffiths, 52, (pictured) believes she knows why that is – and it’s not just up to Covid

‘For the past year, when I checked in with Australian friends in the US, I kept hearing the same thing:’ I just want to come home … I’ve never felt more Australian. ‘

“It wasn’t just the pandemic – it was the exhaustion of trying to understand that country, of living between truths and lies,” she writes.

Then the murder of George Floyd crystallized to many – who have homelands to compare to – that ‘American freedom’ (like the flag) was in tatters in the streets and that it was a poor substitute for collective responsibility. ‘

Politics?  'During the past year, when I checked in with Australian friends in the US, I kept hearing the same thing:' I just want to come home.

Politics? ‘During the past year, when I checked in with Australian friends in the US, I kept hearing the same thing:’ I just want to come home. “It wasn’t just the pandemic – it was the exhaustion of trying to understand that country, of living between truths and lies,” she writes.

Rachel, who has been back in Australia since 2012, added: ‘I was hungry to come home and tell our own Australian stories with humanity and strength.

So I did, and the years that followed have been the most rewarding of my career. But the feeling that a nation can lie to itself so deeply about what it really is … came back with me ‘.

A ton of Aussie have returned home in the past year, including actress Isla Fisher, 45, who brought her English husband Sacha Baron Cohen, 49, and their kids.

She continued, `` Then George Floyd's murder crystallized to many - who have homelands to compare to - that 'American freedom' (like the flag) was in tatters in the streets and was a poor substitute for collective responsibility. '

She continued, “ Then George Floyd’s murder crystallized to many – who have homelands to compare to – that ‘American freedom’ (like the flag) was in tatters in the streets and was a poor substitute for collective responsibility. ‘

The couple, now based in Sydney, were on the run from America’s tumultuous political climate, reports claim.

“They didn’t want to raise their children in Trump’s America,” said an insider Sydney Morning Herald.

The couple moved to Australia in December and have since enrolled their three children in a Sydney school.

Back: A ton of Aussie have returned home in the past year, including actress Isla Fisher (right) who brought her English husband Sacha Baron Cohen (left) and their kids.

Back: A ton of Aussie have returned home in the past year, including actress Isla Fisher (right) who brought her English husband Sacha Baron Cohen (left) and their kids. “They didn’t want to raise their children in Trump’s America,” said an insider

In town: Australian actress Rose Byrne (left) and her American partner Bobby Cannavale (right) have arrived in Australia with their children in recent months

In town: Australian actress Rose Byrne (left) and her American partner Bobby Cannavale (right) have arrived in Australia with their children in recent months

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, 37, and his Spanish wife Elsa Pataky, 44, moved from Los Angeles to Byron Bay, Australia in 2014.

The actress has said that living in Australia has been the right decision for the previously LA-based family.

Byron has been beautiful. We made the right decision in 2014 to get out of LA and come to Australia – it was great for the kids to be in the great outdoors, enjoy animals and go horseback riding, ”she said.

Returned: Nicole Kidman (right), her husband Keith Urban (left) and their daughters have also been back in town since last year

Returned: Nicole Kidman (right), her husband Keith Urban (left) and their daughters have also been back in town since last year

Relocations: Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, 37, and his Spanish wife Elsa Pataky, 44, moved from Los Angeles to Byron Bay, Australia in 2014.  “We made the right decision to leave LA and come to Australia.  being in nature, ”Elsa said.  Both pictured

Relocations: Australian actor Chris Hemsworth, 37, and his Spanish wife Elsa Pataky, 44, moved from Los Angeles to Byron Bay, Australia in 2014. “We made the right decision to leave LA and come to Australia. being in nature, ”Elsa said. Both pictured

Australian actress Rose Byrne and her American partner Bobby Cannavale have arrived in Australia with their children in recent months, and Nicole Kidman, her husband Keith Urban and their daughters have also returned to the city last year.

American stars have also moved to Down Under, many to work on the series of film productions that are emerging locally.

People like Natalie Portman, Zac Efron, Matt Damon and Rita Ora all currently work in Australia.

Read more: In this week's Stellar Magazine

Read more: In this week’s Stellar Magazine

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