updated 07/03/2013 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/03/2013 AT 9:45 AM ET
Alec Baldwin is done with Twitter – and maybe even acting.
Deleting his Twitter account after lashing out at a British journalist who claimed Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, was Tweeting during James Gandolfini’s funeral – Baldwin later apologized for the remarks – the Blue Jasmine actor defended his decision to forgo the social media service to Vanity Fair on Monday.
“I went to Jimmy Gandolfini’s funeral, and when I was there I realized Jimmy Gandolfini didn’t have Twitter. Jimmy Gandolfini was so beloved as a person, and he was so admired as an actor, and he didn’t give a f–– about social media,” Baldwin, 55, explained.
He continued, “I really learned a lesson at the funeral. I said to myself, This is all a waste of time. Meaning it’s fun sometimes, but less and less, and less. It’s just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you. I stopped and said to myself, I’m going to try where I just don’t do this anymore.”
With a baby on the way – Baldwin is also dad to 17-year-old aspiring model Ireland Basinger Baldwin with ex-wife Kim Basinger – Twitter might just be the first step in Baldwin’s desire to lead a more private life.
“I’m having a baby. And everyone has seen how certain things have played out with my daughter, which as been very painful – it’s been really unpleasant. That has consequences, and I do not want that to happen with my next child. I have one dream in my life and that is that this daughter I’m having – she comes to me about seven or eight years from now, she has a friend, and she’s at her house and she says, ‘Daddy, Susie’s mom says you used to be on TV. Daddy, is that true?’ ” he said. “She has no knowledge of me as a public person. That would be heaven for me.”
When asked if this meant he was quitting acting, Baldwin replied, “That would be the greatest thing in the world.”
But while he would “love to” say goodbye to show business, he added, “if I could find something else to do.”