Why Jonathan Taylor Thomas Disappeared From the Spotlight

But, like the Olsens, Jonathan had ambitions far beyond Hollywood, choosing to leave Home Improvement in 1998, with the sitcom ending the following year. “I’d been going nonstop since I was 8 years old,” Jonathan explained to People in 2013 of his decision to exit the series. “I wanted to go to school, to travel and have a bit of a break.”

He’d go on to study at Harvard, Columbia and St. Andrew’s University in Scotland, admitting he enjoyed the anonymity of just being another college co-ed after spending years as the teen idol of the moment. 

“To sit in a big library amongst books and students, that was pretty cool,” he told People. “It was a novel experience for me.”