Meg Ryan feels fortunate she is no longer one of Hollywood's leading actresses - because she now enjoys an anonymous existence travelling the world.
The 'Sleepless in Seattle' star had long been considered America's sweetheart until her 2000 fling with Crowe ended her marriage with Dennis Quaid and flung her into the pages of the tabloids.
She insists it was a sobering experience to realise she had fallen from favour - but now enjoys her relative anonymity because it allows her to travel with her children.
She tells FoxNews.com: "I think it's great being less famous. I blame the fact I had, shall we say, a meeting with Russell Crowe.
"I had never seen or heard such bad press about me here and it's been great in a funny kind of way and, you know, a good thing too because I now realise the world does not revolve around me."