You probably already knew this, but Hollywood is not for the faint of heart. Every day, there is some sort of new story about you, about something that you weren’t even close to doing. You have a busy schedule like 24/7, the paparazzi is always lurking around the corner and you’re expected to go through all of that without your spirit getting utterly broken. The life of a celebrity can be a pretty complex and tiresome way of living life, but some do just fine… and some unfortunately, don’t. This article deals with that, or sort of anyway. I say sort of because instead of it being about the celebrities themselves, it’s actually centered around the celebrities that don’t want their children in Hollywood (like the title says.) And sure, while there are celebs like Bruce Willis, John Travolta, and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith that don’t embrace the idea, the truth is there are some that don’t want their kids anywhere near the industry. And by the end of reading this list, you’ll see that’s not always the case and that there are some celebrities that don’t encourage it and others that down right refuse to put their children in the Hollywood industry all together.
Like stated above, not every celeb on this has stated that they outright refuse or that should the time come for their kids to want to be stars, that they wouldn’t stand by it, despite not wanting it to happen. So now that you know that, I ask only one thing of you… don’t hate me. And more importantly than all of that, let’s get this thing started.
15. Nick Cannon
The Wild ‘n Out star has had his fair share of the limelight since he was a child on the popular Nickelodeon show, All That. Since then, he has been in numerous popular movies over the years and let’s not forget about the music he’s put out (although some people would rather forget, I’m not going to be a hater). Point is Nick has been a veteran in the world of Hollywood and whether you like his talent or don’t like his talent, especially his music, Cannon has definitely had his fair share of success.
When it comes to his kids, however, he wishes they’d follow a much different path to success, a path that doesn’t include them being celebrities. He has stated that “as a parent, and maybe because I’m a new parent, I am so protective and so sensitive and would never want anyone to judge my child.” Recently, it looks like Nick may have had a change of heart, what with Mariah’s reality show.
14. Britney Spears
Although Britney Spears is known by literally almost everyone, has sold out concerts worldwide, and has become known by many to be the undisputed Queen of Pop, she says she doesn’t want that sort of lifestyle for her children. She has stated, “if my sons told me they wanted to be in the entertainment business, I’d lock them in their rooms until they turned 30.” Although it’s probably not a good idea to take her too seriously on that quote, she obviously doesn’t want her children to be the victim of what so many celebrities have had to suffer from for the price of fame. Well, looking at the lives of some celebrities, I can’t see how anyone could blame her. Maybe it’s because she’s lived the life of a celebrity and realizes the struggle, maybe she’s just caring, or maybe it’s something else, maybe it’s Maybelline… Or maybe it’s a combination of both the first and second. I think we’ll go with that.
13. Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba started her film career when she was just a kid, in the 1993 comedy Camp Nowhere as Gail. Since then she has gone on to star in popular movies such as, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, Honey, Sin City and Good Luck Chuck. However, she has stated that “I was a child actor and it worked for me, given the circumstances I was in, but I’m lucky enough to give my daughter and my second baby a completely different life and an education that I never had the opportunity to have.”
Alba also stated that “when they’re done with college, if they want to get into the arts, that’s fine. I think you will be a better artist, the more life experience you have, but I wouldn’t encourage them to work in this type of environment as children.”
12. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp has quite the resume, with over three decades worth of legendary films such as, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hallow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and of course the entire Pirates of the Caribbean series. A little lesser known fact is that Depp is also known for his role on the popular series 21 Jump Street in the 80s.
When it comes to his children being in show business, he’s certainly not a fan, stating that he’d be horrified if it happened and “once you’ve sort of been on the campus grounds for as long as any of us have, you have a great understanding of the amount of rejection that is involved initially and right on through. You want your kid to be a great painter or a great poet. You don’t wont them to have a boss.” And so we have yet another intelligent witty response from the man know as Johnny Depp.
11. Padma Lakshimi
If you know who Padma Lakshmi is, you probably know there isn’t too much she hasn’t done in the entertainment industry. Whether it’s modeling, writing books (Easy Exotic, for example), acting in TV or feature films, or being a host, you name it she’s done it. This doesn’t mean at all that she thinks the celebrity life is best for kids, as she states that if her child wants to become a Hollywood superstar, that she should wait until after college or at least until she’s in her early 20s. With all the horror stories you hear from people about the hardships child stars in Hollywood face on a day to day basis, it really shouldn’t be hard to tell why Lakshmi would want that. But that’s another story for a different time or in this case, another entry for another list.
10. Heidi Klum
Although Heidi Klum is well known for being a fashion model and also for being a host on Project Runway, when it comes to her children, she most certainly doesn’t want them to follow in her footsteps.
Though she doesn’t outright say she is totally against the idea, she does state that she would not encourage it. She also said, “Nowadays children look at everyone in the magazines and they want to be a basketball star or on a television show, but there is only so many people who can do those things and not that you shouldn’t aim or dream for these things, but there are so many other fantastic jobs. So it’s good to talk about how to get there and how difficult it is to get there.” Truer words have never been spoken.
9. Matt Damon
This film star has acted in movies such as Good Will Hunting, the Ocean’s trilogy, and Invictus as well as received many awards for his efforts, including but certainly not limited to 2 Golden Globes, one for Good Will Hunting and another for The Martian, as well as an Academy Award for the movie that was mentioned above, Good Will Hunting. However just like the rest of the celebrities on this list, his children being in the Hollywood industry is not something that he wants to become a reality. He has stated in the past, “I would like to try to steer my daughters away from acting. Women are in a different business than we are. It is just brutal for women. For men, the roles get really good at 40 and beyond. And that’s when you really start doing your best work.”
8. Christina Applegate
She may be known for her role on the popular TV sitcom, Married… with Children or for roles in movies such as Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy, Farce of The Penguins, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, and Hall Pass, but Christina Applegate is not interested in her child following in her footsteps, as she has stated. “She’s allowed to study and if she wants to take acting or dance classes she’s allowed to,” she said. “But I have a very strong no, when it comes to monetary exchange for your talents until she’s 18.”
7. Alyson Hannigan
As many already know, Hannigan starred in the hit sitcom How I Met Your Mother from 2005 all the way to 2014, not to mention her role as Willow Rosenberg on Buffy The Vampire Slayer from 1997 to 2003. The acclaimed actress has done a lot, but prefers that her children live normal lives (at least until they’re adults), as stated in the following interview (keep in mind that at the time of this interview she only had one). She stated: “No. I really want her to have a childhood that is about climbing trees, playing in the grass. I worry about raising her in LA, because you see these little kids that are obsessed with things they really shouldn’t be aware of. I really would like her to have a normal childhood, whatever that means. But if she wants to go into showbiz when she’s an adult, I’ll support her.”
6. Melissa Joan Hart
Over the years, Melissa Joan Hart has entertained us, starring in popular TV sitcoms Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Clarissa Explains It All, and Melissa & Joey, not to mention winning numerous awards over the years, like Teen Choice Awards and Kids Choice Awards for those beloved roles. When she was asked if she wanted her children to be in showbiz, she replied, “not really but I wouldn’t stop them if it’s in their hearts. They are both very dramatic and musical so it might be coming.”
5. Hilary Duff
Unlike a lot of her peers, Hilary Duff has managed to not go completely insane, despite being a celebrity. Like many celebrities, she started pretty early, which means she knows what it’s like to be a child star. If you don’t remember, she first rose to fame starring in the hit Disney channel TV show Lizzie McGuire. Later she released an album entitled, Metamorphosis, which become quite a success. Other than that she’s also been in feature films such as Agent Cody Banks, A Cinderella Story, and Cheaper By The Dozen 1 and 2. Despite all the success that she herself had, in regards to children in Hollywood, she states
“I don’t think there’s a way to stop it. I think kids know what they want. I just pray to god that’s not what he wants.”
4. Brooke Shields
Next we have acclaimed actress Brooke Shields, who is obviously yet another celebrity who isn’t a fan child superstardom. However in 1983, she stopped everything for a moment to focus on her education, attending Princeton University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in romance language. She returned to the industry in the 90s where she starred in the sitcom Suddenly Susan and she has also made appearances on That 70s Show and Lipstick Jungle. Anyway, since she has been in the industry since she was a child herself, this may be a lot more personal. She has stated, “for their sake, I hope they don’t. There is a lot of pressure. As long as they get an education, they can do whatever they want. If they need my help, I’ll try, but I hope they find other interests.”
3. Alison Sweeney
Next on the list is Alison Sweeney, the longtime Days Of Our Lives actress (1987-2015). If that isn’t enough to astonish you, she went on to become the host of hit TV show, The Biggest Loser, a position she held from 2007 all the way to 2015. Despite all her success, the Daytime Emmy award winner is another anti-Hollywood child star supporter (sort of). Sweeney says she’s definitely not drawn to the idea, stating, “it wouldn’t be my first choice, but then, it’s not my choice. If when my kids get older, they express an interest, I’ll support them in pursuing their dreams as my parents have done for my brothers and me.”
2. Lindsay Lohan
You can add Lindsay Lohan to the list of celebrities that do not want their kids living the Hollywood lifestyle. Though she doesn’t have her own kids yet, she has been quoted as saying, “there’s the spoiled brat syndrome, and there is a great deal of celebrities’ kids. Some never know if they are getting cast because their work is admired, or because of mommy or daddy. Many times they have big shoes to fill and that can be an enormous pressure. Both parents and kids could be accused of favoritism and that doesn’t feel good either.”
1. Minnie Driver
Last on this list is Academy Award nominated actress Minnie Driver, who stated in an interview a while back that she wasn’t really for the kids in showbiz thing and goes on to say that she feels uncomfortable for the children in the spotlight. She is also quoted as saying, “It’s really difficult even when you meet lovely parents of children who are in show business. There is still the fact that they’re not having a childhood. They are out of their element and in the element of an adult which is not always appropriate. It seems to me that there is always a certain level of desperation that makes a person put a child in that position.”
As you can see, this is a little bit of a different response than the rest, but it doesn’t change the fact that she doesn’t like the idea.