“My oldest thinks it’s cool. He thinks he’s famous for it.”
Growing up with famous parents can be tricky. Children of celebrities are often thrust into the limelight without their consent. But life in the spotlight can also have its perks, with unique experiences and opportunities.
This is why many celebrity offspring have mixed feelings about their family being famous. For some, this gives them full bragging rights, and for others, it makes life a little more complicated. And often they are completely indifferent, because after all, these stars are just their mom and dad.
Here’s what the kids of these celebrities are saying about their famous parents…
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Jessica Simpson says her three kids are pretty invested in her career and love watching her old videos — especially her reality show from the early 2000s Newlyweds. Despite the fact that the show was all about Jessica and her ex Nick Lachey, her kids are big fans of watching the series as well as other old clips of their mom, if only to make fun of her.
“My kids love to watch the YouTube videos of Newlyweds or for anything I’ve done. [They’ll search,] ‘Awkward Jessica Simpson moments.’ I’m like, ‘Really guys?’ They love to do that,” Jessica said Entertainment tonight.
She added: “We went to YouTube Newlyweds binge eating and they really like to see my parents super young and married and they like to see [my sister] Ashley… They are definitely laughing at me. I think they just want to make fun of me.”
Now that Jennifer Lopez’s twins Emme and Max are teenagers, they are more aware of their mother’s fame. In 2022, Jennifer admitted that her children both “love” and “dislike” the fact that she is famous and people know who they are.
“I think they are very proud and they love me. I love them. The three of us are super, super close. It’s a thing that people know who their mother is. They orient themselves in this. They are teenagers now. Their friends know things. There is so much on the internet… All you can do is love yourself through it. And that’s all I tried to do with them,” Jennifer told the The Ellen Show.
When Jessica Alba’s daughter Honor found out her mom was famous, she says the little girl was “terrified.” After one of Honor’s classmates showed her a magazine that featured Jessica, the mother-daughter duo had to have a conversation about her fame.
“At the beginning of my life, they didn’t know I was an actress. I remember when Honor was in first grade, she was horrified and came home and said, ‘Why didn’t you tell me?’ She knew I worked at the Honest Company, that’s how they knew me. And she said, ‘You never told me you were going to be grocery shopping or Target!'” Jessica told The Ellen Show.
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When Tyler Perry tried to explain the concept of fame to his son Aman, he said the little boy totally got it. But when he told Aman that he was famous, it meant nothing to him.
“We had this conversation the other day about fame, when I asked him, ‘You know what’s famous?’ And he said, ‘Yeah, it’s when a lot of people know your name. So, I said, ‘You know, according to definition some people think I’m famous.” He says, “Really? OK, can we finish coloring?’ He doesn’t care. I love it, it just grounds everything,” Tyler said The Ellen Show.
Adam Sandler’s daughters are intrigued by their father’s fame — especially when they hear fans mention specific movie quotes when they meet him. Over the years, Adam says his daughters begged to watch his movies and when he let them watch them, they weren’t even interested.
“They were begging to see them. They’re like, ‘Please, it’s not fair.’ Let me watch your movies. These people are always yelling things at you on the street and I don’t know what the hell they’re talking about. ‘ So I show them the movies that they asked for, and every time, I’d say after about 20 minutes, I see them stop and then I hear them. They’re nervous to say it, but they’re like, ‘Can we watch something else?'” Adam shared The Ellen Show.
When Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum’s daughter Everly watches her parent’s iconic film Step forward for the first time she was not impressed. Jenna says Everly wasn’t interested in the movie that helped her parents rise to fame and actually asked to watch something else.
“She said, ‘Can we watch something nice?'” She was completely disinterested,” Jenna said Us Weekly.
Paul Rudd’s children usually stay out of the limelight and despite their father’s fame, they are not interested in his career. While discussing his two children, Paul said that his children don’t see him as a superhero, but simply as their father.
“I think I’m a father more than I am Ant-Man or in the MCU [Marvel Cinematic Universe]. yes They don’t care, nor should they,” Paul said people.
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Kristin Cavallari says her older two children are beginning to understand their parents’ fame — especially that their father, Jay Cutler, played pro football. As for what they think about having a well-known mom and dad, Christine says her oldest son thinks that makes him pretty cool.
“My oldest thinks it’s great. He thinks he’s famous for it, so I’m like, ‘Whatever. If the kids are nice to you, if the older kids are nice to you … use that to your advantage,'” Christine said. Us Weekly.
Ben Affleck admits that his three children don’t care that he’s famous and don’t really have any interest in watching any of his movies. When he occasionally convinces them to watch a movie, he says they mostly make fun of him.
“It’s funny because [Armageddon] is the only movie of mine that my kids have seen and they will all admit they like, even though they mock it and me mercilessly. ‘What are you driving a tank on the moon for?’ But they had fun, you know what I mean? They won’t even look The city. So there it is,” shared Ben with E V.
Jodie Sweetin’s two teenage daughters are unimpressed by their mother’s fame. Although I watched both Full house and its secondary result, Jodi says that being famous hasn’t changed the fact that she’s just their mother.
“They really don’t care. I mean they watched [my shows] they used to come to records, but at the end of the day it’s mum. They’re really not that impressed,” she said TODAY.com.