A big part of being a celebrity is receiving compliments and admiration from complete strangers. Having fans sing your praises can make anyone feel pretty great, but for most celeb dads, returning home at the end of the work day means a quick trip back to reality.
Being voted Sexiest Man Alive doesn’t mean your kids aren’t going to do everything they can to push bedtimes, collect as many toys as possible, and ask questions you’re not prepared for. So many questions.
In honour of Father’s Day on Sunday, June 18, we’re looking at 12 celeb dads who are keeping it real when it comes to parenting.
Kids: India (5), Tristan (3) and Sasha (3)
Getting Real: Having kids means that at some point you’re going to have the sex talk, but before the birds and the bees comes way, way more questions. One of the exciting things about being a parent is that you never know when these questions will pop up. In the car? At church? In front of older relatives? Who knows! Aren’t we all having uncomfortable fun?! Actor Chris Hemsworth was recently met with age old question from his daughter about why she doesn’t look like her brothers. Honestly, we’re impressed his response wasn’t “Go ask your mother.”
Kids: Wyatt (2) and Dimitri (1)
Getting Real: After having his first child with wife Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher learned first hand that children are like little sponges. In addition to picking up words in English, Spanish and Russian, Kutcher’s daughter Wyatt also picked up other, less daycare-friendly words. Why are kids always listening when you say the wrong thing?
Kids: Heaven (12), Hendrix (9) and a boy on the way
Getting Real: Comedian Kevin Hart has never shied away from talking about his kids on stage and in interviews, with any parent knowing that having young children is great material for stand up. Hart has often talked about his oldest child, daughter Heaven, following in his footsteps and that includes knowing the power of words. After being gifted with her first iPhone, Hart told his daughter she could call him anytime. And she does.
Kids: Ava (6) and Isabella (3)
Getting Real: Finding a movie that your kid can watch on repeat is the cheapest and most effective babysitter for parents, but when your child thinks they’re haunted by the spirit of Frozen…well, maybe it’s time for a new movie.
Kids: Luna (1)
Getting Real: How would John Legend describe fatherhood? “Humbling. You realize you don’t know anything.” Sing it, John.
Kids: Alexia (18), Isabella (10), Gia (8), Stella (6)
Getting Real: Not even being Jason Bourne can save Matt Damon from the harsh truth being doled out by his children. Gain a few pounds? Sporting some new gray hairs? Children will find your insecurities and expose them. There’s a reason kids are cute. It’s the only way we’ll keep them around.
Kids: Lola (14) and Zahra (13)
Getting Real: Chris Rock’s advice for having children is simple: have none or have a bunch, but don’t have one. Having one child means you have to play with them, and let’s be honest, the park is much less exciting when you have a newspaper to read.
Kids: Simone (15) and Jasmine (1)
Getting Real: Meeting your child’s first boyfriend or girlfriend is a big deal for any parent, but if you’re Dwayne Johnson, the death threats come with a lot more weight behind them. Can there be a law stating that kids can’t date until they’re 25? We’d sign it.
Kids: Winnie (3) and Francis (2)
Getting Real: Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon often talks about his two young daughters when interviewing guests, and during a sit down with fellow double daughter dad Dwayne Johnson, Fallon explained his confusion over how different his children are. He read them the same books, he fed them the same food, but while the 3 year-old is quiet and polite, the 2 year-old seems to be able to brandish a knife in any setting. It happens.
Kids: Jack (4)
Getting Real: Arguing with children is a test of any parent’s patience, but when your child is so polite it borders on manipulation, reasoning with them goes out the window. At least, that’s the case with Chris Pratt’s son Jack, who paid extra attention during his manners lesson.
Kids: James (2) and Ines (1)
Getting Real: Is being allergic to sleep a real thing? If so, most babies suffer from this affliction, including Ryan Reynolds oldest daughter. The actor said he and wife Blake Lively tried to use Baby Einstein videos to sooth their newborn back to bed, but the result was them falling asleep instead. Those puppets are mesmerizing.
Kids: Trey (24), Jaden (18) and Willow (16)
Getting Real: Getting your kids to be truthful is a major feat and something that Will Smith has mastered maybe too well. The actor has admitted that there does come a point, especially when you’re the father of a teen girl, that you wish they would lie to you a bit.