Becoming a dad can really change everything, especially for an actor in his prime. There 6 stars have all been challenged by fatherhood and have spoken on how much they enjoy it, or how being a father inspires them and influences their career. Having a family has made some of these actors rethink the way they approach their work, while others have been inspired by how their children see their world and feel their work improves because they are a dad.
Brad believes his passion for work has increased because he wants to make films his children would be proud of: “I am more passionate now that I am a father. It has focused my mind on the kind of work I want to do. I think of how movies affected me when I was younger, and how they’ve stayed with me ever since. Now I want to make films the kids can see and that might stay with them. I want to make films they can be proud of.”
Orlando loves fatherhood but agrees that it has changed many aspects of his life: “It’s awesome, I love it. I hate that word but I love being a father; it’s changed everything in so many ways. Miranda is an amazing mother.”
Matthew believes his children have helped him and his career: ”It is more fun, because the kids remind you to play make believe every day. More things sound fun to do, because the kids remind you to play make believe and that’s what we are doing. If we do it well, we make you believe.”
James worries less about trivialities and cares just about his family: “I’ve become much more practical. And more efficient. But your world narrows, and the things you devote your new-found efficiency to are less. There are less things that you give a s**t about.”
Hugh finds being a dad exciting: “I did feel a little lumpy (emotional) when I first met my daughter, yeah. Lots of people said, ‘Never let anyone know, but the baby period is not that exciting.’ But I am excited, actually. I thought, well, I’ll bluff through – but very little bluffing has been required. I like my daughter very much. Fantastic. Has she changed my life? I’m not sure. Not yet. Not massively, no. But I’m absolutely thrilled to have had her, I really am. And I feel a better person.”