27 January 2012
Celebrity moms and dads take the lead in Hollywood
Toronto Star reported
In next month’s Vanity Fair, Matt Damon describes his idea of perfect happiness as, “My children, happy and within an arm’s length.”
The actor was also profiled in this month’s GQ, a story that ends with Damon jumping into a black Yukon XL so he can pick up his four daughters from school.
Last week, a pregnant Jennifer Garner was a guest on The Tonight Show. She spent the first five minutes chatting about baby names, her two daughters and life with husband Ben Affleck.
Garner is exuberantly domestic. Her dog is named “Martha Stewart.”
The next morning, Jessica Alba, a mother of two, went on CBS to talk about her desire to help other parents find peace of mind. She recently launched The Honest Company, a venture that sells toxin-free products, including diapers, wipes, soaps and household cleaners.
In short: a maternal halo now hangs above the former star of Dark Angel.
And she’s not alone.
There was a time, not so long ago, when “celebrity parenting” was an oxymoron, much like “living dead” or “reality television.” When Michael Jackson dangled his infant son over a balcony rail, we gasped. When Alec Baldwin berated his daughter, calling her a “rude little pig,” we sighed. When Britney Spears was photographed driving with her newborn in her lap, we wondered how much longer until the World Health Organization declared celebrity procreation a Level 4 risk to the planet.
From Joan Crawford to Woody Allen, Courtney Love to Bobby Brown, Ryan O’Neal to Kate Moss, the rich and famous have been famously poor when it comes to their rearing skills. To watch the 2007 video in which a sloshed and shirtless David Hasselhoff sprawls on the floor, devouring a cheeseburger the way a hyena gnaws on a wildebeest, is to feel blistering heartbreak for his then 17-year-old daughter Taylor Ann. She filmed the incident, an intervention of sorts, and can be heard threatening to “disown” Hasselhoff while pleading with him to stop drinking: “Dad, you need to promise me you’re not going to get alcohol tonight.”
It was a grim role reversal: the child as parent.
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