Andrew Garfield Clarifies Comments About Taking a Break From Acting

Don't worry! Andrew Garfield isn't retiring from acting. The star cleared up the rumors during his recent guest appearance on The View.

By Elyse Dupre, Emlyn Travis Apr 28, 2022 7:15 PMTags
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UPDATEAndrew Garfield doesn't want you to believe everything you read on the social networks.

After rumors spread that the Amazing Spider-Man star was retiring from acting, he set the record straight on the April 28 episode of The View

"I don't know where that came from," he said. "I'm just having a holiday."

The gossip started after Garfield told Variety he was "going to take a break" and "rest for a little bit," noting he needed to "recalibrate and reconsider what I want to do next and who I want to be and just be a bit of a person for a while." However, the comment sparked speculation.

"I just really said I'm going to rest, I'm going to have, like, a holiday," he clarified on The View, "and I think, you know, people, you know, just make a story out of nothing."

With Garfield appearing in back-to-back projects—including The Eyes of Tammy Faye, tick, tick…BOOM!, Spider-Man: No Way Home and now Under the Banner of Heaven—it's no surprise he wants to take a moment to chill.


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"I've been working hard, and I've been loving the work I have been doing," he continued, "but also, you know, I need to take a month or so—a month, a month of a break, maybe two. I'm not retiring."

There you have it.


Andrew Garfield is stopping the clock and taking time out.  

In a recent interview, the 38-year-old actor told Variety that he plans on taking a well-deserved break after the upcoming April 28 release of his true crime series Under The Banner of Heaven. His plans? Well, according to Garfield, "Just be ordinary for a while."

He added: "I'm going to rest for a little bit. I need to recalibrate and reconsider what I want to do next and who I want to be and just be a bit of a person for a while." 

After the hectic year that Andrew has had, it makes sense. Not only did he make waves at the box office with his appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home (which he often lied about), but he also starred opposite Oscar-winner Jessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye and was nominated himself for his portrayal of Jonathan Larson in Lin-Manuel Miranda's directorial debut Tick, Tick...Boom!.  

The Hacksaw Ridge star explained that awards season took a toll on him, describing it as a "washing machine." Still, he maintained that he was grateful for the whirlwind year and experiences that he's had along the way.  


"It's so fun and you get to hang out with people that you love and admire and you get to be a part of a conversation that is so privileged," he said. "You get to experience all the firsthand, visceral [parts of] being a part of that community and the dynamics." 

But have no fear, Garfield stans, there's still new material from Andrew coming down the pipeline. 

The actor is set to star as devout detective Jeb Pyre, who searches for answers to a gruesome murder in a Mormon community in Under the Banner of Heaven, which airs on FX starting April 28. The series was adapted from a best-selling nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer.

"I thought it was just such an incredible study of fundamentalism leading to such horrific acts and how human beings can justify terrible violence in the name of God and love," Andrew said about the show. "I found it really compelling and important." 

(This story was originally published April 27, 2022 at 11:10 a.m. PST).

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