Ariel Winter is latest Los Angeles explant.
Earlier this year, the "Modern Family" star and her boyfriend, actor Luke Benward, decided to pack up their bags and leave Tinseltown — and they've not looked back.
"People have always been like, 'You don't like L.A., why don't you just move' … and then I just randomly looked and decided why not," she told former costar Julie Bowen on her "Quitters" podcast. "We sold our cars, got an Escalade to fit all the dogs for the drive, put my house on the market, sold my house."
Although the actress makes the move sound easy, that's far from the case.
"It was hard for me to decide [to move] because I'm leaving everybody I know in California," she said. "It's a quick flight to California and I had to remind myself, if I don't like it, I can leave."
The actress didn't disclose where she and Luke moved because she values privacy and normalcy.
"Part of the reason I always hated L.A. was because I have been followed by paparazzi for a very long portion of my life, and I really, really dislike having my space invaded. I don't like pictures of me when I haven't signed up for pictures of me. I don't like feeling watched," she said. "I've always just wanted to live a normal life, just have a normal existence and I never really felt like I could do that in L.A.. Everywhere I went, someone's taking my picture. I'm just not that person. Fame and all that is not something I'm interested in. I just wanted to live as normal a life as I could."
With the paparazzi not a part of her daily life, Ariel gets to control her narrative.
"I've never wanted everybody to know everything about my life. I'm not a particularly open person," she said. "I want to have privacy and I've never really had privacy to just live my life."