Ben Stiller’s daughter called him out for ‘not being there’ as a child


  • Ben Stiller reveals his daughter called him out for “not being around” when she was a kid.
  • During recent interview with EsquireStiller explained how he learned that kids don’t “keep score on your career.”
  • “They just want a parent who is emotionally present and supportive,” he said.

Ben Stiller says his daughter is “pretty clear” that he “wasn’t around” as a child.

The ‘Zoolander’ actor shared how his successful acting career meant he wasn’t always able to be a current dad for a while. recent interview with Esquire.

“She’s pretty articulate about it, and sometimes it’s things that I don’t want to hear. It’s hard to hear,” he said. “Because it was me who wasn’t there in the same way that I saw my parents not there. And I always thought, well, I’m not going to do that.

“But it’s this thing that, like, I was trying to navigate my own desire to fulfill the hopes and dreams that I had as well. And that doesn’t feel right, but it’s important to recognize that. “

Christine Taylor and Ben Stiller

Christine Taylor and her husband Ben Stiller in 2019.

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Stiller was born to Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, a popular comedy duo of the 60s and 70s.

Stiller shares two children, Ella, 19, and Quinlin, 16, with wife Christine Taylor – who he starred with alongside ‘Zoolander’.

“What I’ve learned is that your kids don’t count your career,” he told Squire. “It would be solipsistic to think my kids really care. They just want a parent who is emotionally present and supportive. That’s probably what they want more than me to push the limits of my creativity. .”

Stiller has acted, written, directed or produced over 50 films, including the “Meet the Parents” trilogy.

break,“directed by Stiller, is now available on AppleTV+.

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