Being a parent in the digital era is tough. With nearly every form of technology available with the click of a button, seemingly every day it becomes easier and easier for children to access adult entertainment, whatever that may mean. It could be bad language, suggestive dialogue, or lots and lots of filthy, dirty sex, but point is, there’s plenty of entertainment out there not meant for children. It can be extremely difficult for a person tasked with protecting this child to protect them from all of the forms of popular entertainment out there, especially with media constantly being thrown in the child’s face. We can only imagine it gets made exponentially worse when the concerned parent stars in the very entertainment they try to keep their kids from watching.
Especially with the rise of gritty, action-packed cable TV, mainstream media isn’t always appropriate for children, and the people within the mainstream media know it. Well, at least some of them. No matter how much they love the film or TV show they made, endless celebrities have gone on record in interviews or talk show appearances as refusing to let their children watch their work. Things might change when the kids get older, but for now, these 10 celebrities' children have no idea why they’re famous—and if the celebs have anything to say about it, it’s going to stay that way.
10 Bob Odenkirk Doesn't Want His Kids To Break Bad
Most comedians probably don’t practice their jokes on their children, but Bob Odenkirk isn’t necessarily worried about his kids seeing Mr. Show. Appearing on Conan with the rest of the Breaking Bad cast, Odenkirk noted he didn’t even start watching the show himself until he was cast on it. Prior to that, he heard good things, but with young children at home, he didn’t want to expose them to such a violent and drug-filled environment. This attitude continued when Odenkirk started appearing on the show as Saul Goodman, with Odenkirk himself not even watching the show until season 4. As for his children, they probably still aren’t allowed to watch the Odenkirk-starring spinoff Better Call Saul.
9 Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann's Children Can't Watch Their Own Work
8 Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green's Kids Don't Watch TV
7 Jack Black's Children Can't Pick Their Destiny
Some celebrities have extremely versatile careers, starring in films implicitly made for children at practically the same time they were writing their own films made explicitly not for children. So while Jack Black’s children have seen him in all of the Kung Fu Panda movies, that’s where their understanding of his career ends. Feeling his work in Tenacious D, including the film The Pick Of Destiny, is too adult, Black won’t even suggest his children watch School of Rock, perhaps out of the hesitation they might develop an interest in his musical career.
6 Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard Freeze Their Kids Viewing Habits
All of the stars on this list won’t let their kids watch their own films, but celebrity couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard go further with it, banning their children from watching any television at all. Granted, the kids are very young, born in early 2013 and late 2014. However, as Bell acknowledges, they are at the perfect ages to be absolutely obsessed with her starring role as Princess Anna in Frozen. Unfortunately for the two young girls, named Lincoln and Delta, Bell says the two have some time to wait before they get to watch that or any film, and likely don’t even understand what it is she does for a living yet.
5 Helen Hunt's Kid Isn't Mad About Anything
Things may have changed since, but in a 2008 interview with David Letterman, Helen Hunt claimed her daughter had never seen any film or television show. She told stories of daughter, Makena Lei, being confused by Elmo and Nemo, never having seen or heard of either. Hunt doesn’t elaborate on why exactly her daughter doesn’t watch any form of entertainment, but noted her daughter also gets confused when people do her hair and makeup, not understanding exactly what her job is. While most young children wouldn’t be interested in watching Mad About You, the fact her daughter seemed completely oblivious to all entertainment seems unlikely without parental manipulation.
4 Julia Roberts Is Waiting For A Happier Time
It shouldn’t be surprising to realize Julia Roberts has starred in plenty of films that aren’t appropriate for children when you consider her big break came as a prostitute. Still, she’s starred in her fair share of family comedies as well, but that hasn’t stopped her from banning her children from watching anything she appears in. Twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and their younger brother Daniel were both called “too young” to watch even her fairy tale inspired film Mirror Mirror. Roberts, along with her husband Danny Moder, director of photography on several films, feel they will eventually find the right time to expose their kids to their work. As “happy and joyous” as they feel that time will be, it has yet to come, and isn’t likely to any time soon. The family purport they prefer reading books and spending their time together, opposed to watching any television or movies at all.
3 Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Get Too Racy On Screen
2 Mayim Bialik's Kids Won't See The Big Bang
1 Steve Jobs' Children Weren't Allowed To Connect
Steve Jobs didn’t make movies or TV shows, he changed the way people watched them by developing Apple products including the iPhone and iPad. Despite being one of the integral forces in changing technology, Jobs didn’t let his children use his new inventions. One year prior to his death, in 2010, Jobs was quoted as saying “we limit how much technology our kids use at home,” explaining his children had never even used an iPod. With technology controlling every element of the current generation, it’s amazing the next generation of the family who invented that technology were ever denied it. At the same time, though, considering they clearly have better things on their minds and most people just use that technology for Angry Birds, maybe that’s a good thing.