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Rebecca Gleeson reveals why she and actor husband Eric Bana dumped Hollywood to live in Melbourne

‘We’re happier in Australia’: Rebecca Gleeson reveals why she and actor husband Eric Bana dumped Hollywood to live in Melbourne

Eric Bana is one of Australia’s most recognizable stars and is known for roles like Troy, Hulk and Dirty John.

And now his wife Rebecca Bana (née Gleeson) has revealed why they lived in Hollywood to live in Melbourne.

49-year-old Rebecca admitted in a candid interview this week that the pair are “ happier in Australia ” and lead ordinary lives in the quiet suburbs of Melbourne with their two grown children.

'We're happier in Australia': Rebecca Gleeson (left photo) revealed why she and actor husband Eric Bana (right photo) lived in Hollywood to move to Melbourne

‘We’re happier in Australia’: Rebecca Gleeson (left photo) revealed why she and actor husband Eric Bana (right photo) lived in Hollywood to move to Melbourne

Speak with the Herald Sun., Rebecca explained that traveling the world with her husband for work was an isolating experience for her and their children Klaus and Sophia, now 20 and 18 years old, respectively.

“We were going to travel somewhere and I was like,” How can I make it a little bit at home? How can I have piano lessons and a little bit of sports and school? ” she said.

“We would go to these countries and the kids wouldn’t have any friends and there was no support, no childcare, we were just nodding and trying to create a life for ourselves.”

Familiar Face: Eric is one of Australia's most recognizable stars and known for roles like Troy, Hulk and Dirty John

Familiar Face: Eric is one of Australia's most recognizable stars and known for roles like Troy, Hulk and Dirty John

Familiar Face: Eric is one of Australia’s most recognizable stars and known for roles like Troy, Hulk and Dirty John

At first, Rebecca felt it was her “job” to support Eric’s booming career, but later she realized that their family feeling “safe” and “grounded” was just as important.

“We were always happier in Australia,” said Rebecca, adding that they wanted their children to go to school in Australia.

Rebecca went on to explain further, as it may seem like the next step for actors to move to Hollywood, Eric discovered he could go a decade without shooting near Los Angeles.

Eric first became a television star in Australia when he joined the cast of the sketch comedy series Full Frontal.

Priorities: At first, Rebecca felt it was her “job” to support Eric’s thriving career, but later she realized that their family feeling “safe” and “grounded” was just as important

But he made the switch to acting dramatically in the 2000 movie Chopper, a biopic about the infamous criminal Mark ‘Chopper’ Read.

Back then, American film critic Roger Ebert described the comedian as “a future star.”

This turned out to be prophetic, as he appeared in Hollywood films Hulk (2003), Troy (2004), Star Trek (2009) and The Time Traveler’s Wife (2009).

Eric first met Rebecca in 1995 when she worked as a TV publicist. They married two years later after he proposed on a trip to America.

Romance: Eric first met Rebecca in 1995 when she worked as a TV publicist. They married two years later after he proposed on a trip to America

Romance: Eric first met Rebecca in 1995 when she worked as a TV publicist. They married two years later after he proposed on a trip to America

Romance: Eric first met Rebecca in 1995 when she worked as a TV publicist. They married two years later after he proposed on a trip to America

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