Kelly McGillis has revealed that she wasn’t asked to reprise her role in the Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick.


McGillis is known for her role as Charlotte “Charlie” Blackwood from the 1986 original film. Her character is Maverick’s lover and also his flight instructor.

Entertainment Tonight asked McGillis if she had attended any of the film’s promotional events. She responded with, “I don’t know how to answer that because one, it hasn’t happened. Two, if and when it did happen, I would have to assess where I am, what I’m doing, what’s going on… I can’t project what I would or wouldn’t do in the future. I have no idea because I don’t know where I’ll be.”


She continued to note that she hasn’t even seen the trailer to the sequel.

“Movies are odd things. I don’t really keep in touch with anybody,” she said. “I think I’ve spoken to a couple of people occasionally, but the truth is, movies are very odd work situations because you have a lot of people who come together from all different parts of the world.”

The actress said that she left Hollywood in order to improve her health.

McGillis was diagnosed with alpha-1 antitrypsin, a lung condition, five years ago. She mentioned that she’s a homebody.

“It was very challenging for me to have any kind of sense of self or self-identity or real self-worth other than what I did for a living,” McGillis said. “And it just – it didn’t become a priority’ what became the priority initially was raising my girls and being the best sober parent I could be,” she continued to say. “It wasn’t like a major decision that I made to leave, it was just that other things became more important. I love acting, I love what I do, I love doing theater, but I don’t know. To me, my relationships to other people became far more important than my relationship to fame.”

“I feel really blessed that I don’t have to work, you know? But I get the option to work, so I’m really blessed in that way,” the actress said. “Not many people get that option later in life, so I feel very lucky.”

Jennifer Connelly will be starring in the sequel but no information has been released as to what role she will be playing. If she is playing Maverick’s love interest, McGillis says that she’s not bitter about it.

Top Gun: Maverick will be released on June 26, 2020.

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