Meg Ryan is returning to Hollywood after an eight-year hiatus with her new rom-com What Happens Later. The Sleepless in Seattle actress spoke with People in an interview published Wednesday (October 25th) about why she took a break from the business.

“I took a giant break because I felt like there's just so many other parts of my experience as a human being I wanted to develop,” Ryan told the outlet. “It's nice to think of it as a job and not a lifestyle. And that is a great way of navigating it for me."

The You’ve Got Mail actress not only starred in her new film, but she also co-wrote and directed it. "It came to me during lockdown," she said. "The essence of it is these two people who are stuck together. I just love that idea that we’re held in a space, even if it feels conflicted, maybe for reasons that heal them." In the movie, she and her ex-lover, played by David Duchovny, get stuck in an airport together.

What Happens Later will be released in theaters on November 3rd.