Ben Stiller's interest in being behind the camera has taken presence over his on-camera desires.
Over the past few years, the "Dodgeball" star has been MIA on the big screen, slowly becoming more of a director and producer. The purpose, he says, was for work-life balance.
"I think, for me, over the years, I've gotten better at it and really understanding how to prioritize what's important in my life, on both sides. But it's definitely been a challenge for me, for a long time," Stiller told Yahoo! Entertainment.
Part of his shift came after projects such as "Reality Bites", "The Cable Guy" and "Zoolander," which he directed and starred in.
"I really decided recently, or probably about five years ago, that I didn't wanna do that anymore and just do one thing at a time," he said. "And lately I've been exploring projects [and] making things as a director and producer, and I've been very happy with that. But I really do look forward to acting again one of these days."
In 2018, Ben was nominated for an Emmy for directing the limited series "Escape at Dannemora." His company, Red Hour Productions, has produced films like "The Polka King", "Plus One" and the CW Series "In the Dark." He's also directing a new dark comedic thriller on Apple TV+ called "Severance."
"It's been a few years [since I acted]," Ben said. "It hasn't been totally intentional except I really do enjoy directing and producing. I am getting to the point now where I am kind of missing acting a little bit and would like to figure out how to do something again."