A History of Violence beauty Maria Bello is planning to abandon acting to be a director.

The talented star is convinced there's more to life than being a screen icon - and she's already finished writing a screenplay for her directorial debut.

She says, "I'm writing and I plan to direct. I've finished one screenplay which is like a MYSTIC PIZZA on the Jersey Shore and that's the one I'll direct.

"At first, I wasn't sure about what kind of director I could be because I'm quite a scattered human being.

"But the more time I spend on set, the more I realise I have the right qualities."