After an absence of eight years from the industry, 61-year-old Meg Ryan is staging her comeback with a fresh film, one that she also co-wrote and directed.

In the coming month, the 61-year-old actress will grace Hollywood with her presence, marking her return to acting for the first time since her directorial debut in 2015 with “Ithaca.”

Securing a special waiver to promote the film amidst the ongoing SAG strike, Ryan also graces the cover of PEOPLE magazine, where she candidly discusses the reasons behind her extended hiatus from the entertainment industry and the driving forces that have brought her back.

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Who is Meg Ryan?

Meg Ryan, born Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra on November 19, 1961, in Fairfield, Connecticut, is a beloved American actress and director known for her endearing performances in numerous romantic comedies during the 1990s. Ryan’s career began in television with roles in popular soap operas like “As the World Turns” before making her film debut in “Rich and Famous” (1981).

Her breakthrough came with the romantic comedy “When Harry Met Sally…” (1989), where her portrayal of Sally Albright opposite Billy Crystal became an iconic moment in cinematic history, particularly the famous restaurant scene. This film established her as America’s sweetheart.

Throughout the 1990s, Meg Ryan enjoyed a string of romantic comedy hits. “Sleepless in Seattle” (1993), with Tom Hanks, and “You’ve Got Mail” (1998), a reunion with Hanks, solidified her status as a leading lady in the genre. Her charming on-screen presence and undeniable chemistry with Hanks endeared her to audiences worldwide.

Meg Ryan also displayed her versatility by taking on dramatic roles. She received critical acclaim for her performance in “When a Man Loves a Woman” (1994), where she portrayed a woman struggling with alcoholism.

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In the early 2000s, Ryan continued her acting career with movies like “In the Cut” (2003) and “The Women” (2008). However, her focus began to shift towards directing. She made her directorial debut with the film “Ithaca” (2015), which also featured her in a supporting role.