turned down a role in Charlie's Angels
- because she was worried it would make her too famous.
star was about to start filming alongside Cameron Diaz
and Drew Barrymore
on the 2000 action film - but pulled out when she realized it would catapult her to a higher level of fame. She was replaced by Ally McBeal
star Lucy Liu
Newton says, "In career terms it was a platinum opportunity. Or, as my agent put it, 'a one-two punch'. I was going to do it for about 24 hours. But then I woke up and it just didn't feel right. It would have meant entering that virtual world of stardom, but I'd been away from home for nine months (filming Mission: Impossible II
) and it would have meant another six months away."
And although Newton was pleased with the decision, her agent and manager weren't - and she soon parted company with them. She adds, "They were appalled. They thought I was committing career suicide."
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