Why did 'Malcolm in the Middle' star Frankie Muniz leave Hollywood? Actor hints at his return on show

Why did 'Malcolm in the Middle' star Frankie Muniz leave Hollywood? Actor hints at his return on show
Frankie Muniz attends the Disney ABC Television TCA Summer Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

'Malcolm in the Middle' was an early 2000s TV series that lasted six years. The series followed a dysfunctional lower-middle-class family and starred Frankie Muniz in the lead role as Malcolm, an adolescent who tests at a genius level. 'Malcolm in the Middle' won seven Emmy awards during its course and the show has been syndicated worldwide as it received widespread acclaim from critics and proved a popular draw for Fox. It is placed on several lists of the greatest TV and sitcom series of all time.

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Amid the huge popularity and craze among fans, the star of the series, Frankie Muniz walked away from the show, leaving fans wondering why he left the show. Although he did go public and released a statement, fans could not make much sense of it, as Muniz was one of the most loved child actors during the early 2000s. He was also "one of Hollywood's most bankable teens" in 2003.

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However, in 2008, he put his acting career on hold to pursue an open-wheel racing career and competed in the Atlantic Championship. Soon from 2012 to 2014, he was the drummer of the indie rock band Kingsfoil. But the question remains, why did Muniz leave Hollywood? Don't worry we got you covered. 

In a recent interview with Fox News Digital, Muniz opened up about his time during 'Malcolm in the Middle,' and confessed why he left Hollywood briefly.

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He said, "When I was on ‘Malcolm,’ I was just so excited to be working on a show." He continued, "But also in that same sense when the show ended, I kind of left the business for a little bit. I started doing other things. I was racing cars. I joined a band. I was touring all over. I opened some businesses and I got to experience so many amazing things in my life, which now at this point has made me able to reflect and look back and be so appreciative of the experience."

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Frankie Muniz as the titular character Malcolm in 'Malcolm in the Middle' (IMDb)
Frankie Muniz as the titular character Malcolm in 'Malcolm in the Middle' (IMDb)

He further went on saying, "Now, I have thought about it because… so many people go down a bad path, whether it’s drugs, alcohol – whatever it may be. And I think for a lot of people, it’s probably difficult to go from having such success at a young age where you always have people going like, ‘Oh, I love you,’ and everyone wanting you here and there. And then that starts to fade. And I think a lot of people try to replace the missing feeling of [being] wanted with something else. And that really is a negative for a lot of people. Whereas for me, I’ve always been super focused on what I was currently doing because I wanted to be the best at whatever I was doing. And that’s how I am." 

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However, the actor recently faced many troubles in his paradise-like life as after exploring many career options, in 2018, Muniz and Paige Price bought Outrageous Olive Oils & Vinegars, a small specialty shop in Scottsdale, Arizona. However, in August 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the two sold the store; they said that Price's pregnancy was the reason for the sale and that sales were steady despite the pandemic forcing the business into an online-only model. Does this mean the 36-year-old come back to acting?

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In the interview, when Muniz was asked if he would like to revisit his popular show again as the trend of reboots is making rounds. Muniz said, "I would love to know what the family’s up to." He further said, "I know Bryan Cranston is really into the idea and he’s kind of heading writing the script and getting everything rolling. So, there might be something. I would be down 100 percent. "But I don’t know - we’ll see what happens," he teased.

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