Here's why we don't see much of Kim Basinger anymore

Kim Basinger, the ex-wife of Alec Baldwin and mom to daughter Ireland Baldwin, worked for decades as a successful actress and model. Not only has Basinger starred in campaigns for some of the biggest brands in the world, but she landed a modeling contract with IMG Models in 2013 at age 60. Making matters even more impressive? The Georgia native was a Bond girl in 1983 and has starred in critically acclaimed movies such as 9 1/2 Weeks, 8 Mile, Batman, L.A. Confidential, and The Door in the Floor, to name a few works. Basinger won an Oscar and Golden Globe for her performance in L.A. Confidential.

As of this writing, Basinger last starred in 2018's Fifty Shades Freed, playing Elena Lincoln, the woman who introduced Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) to the world of BDSM. The actor has maintained a low-profile ever since, raising questions about why we don't see her as much anymore. 

Kim Basinger is living her best life away from the spotlight

Kim Basinger gave a rare interview with Georgia Today (formerly Georgian Journal) in 2017, revealing that her life has slowed down considerably. "I love being by the beach because I participate in all water sports, especially surfing," she said about living in southern California. "I love music and I love books of all types."

Speaking of books, Basinger also noted how she has taken up a new hobby. "I have always loved writing and I'm getting more into it these days, especially children's books," she told the outlet. Although it looks like the model hasn't published any books as of this writing, we wouldn't be surprised if something is in the works.

When Basinger isn't writing or surfing, she spends her time working for animal protection groups "to help stop the cruelty that goes on in every country." She even attended a July 2019 event in South Korea protesting the dog meat industry, per CNN.

It's unclear if Basinger is planning a return to the limelight one day, but we won't be surprised if the answer is no. That's because she admitted to People in 2013 (via the Daily Mail) that she isn't "a big red-carpet girl," noting how she tries to "live every day in the present."

As for Basinger's love life? She has been quietly dating her longtime hairstylist, Mitch Stone, since 2014, per Closer Weekly.