Woody Harrelson is aware of the challenges and joys of elevating youngsters.
The actor and his spouse, Laura Louie, have three daughters ― Deni, Zoe and Makani. Over time, he’s shared glimpses into his residence life in a variety of interviews.
In honor of his birthday, listed here are 10 quotes about parenthood from Harrelson.
On The Energy Of Parenthood
“I remember my daughter Deni coming along, and she was so pure and caring of everybody and everything. And somehow, this little being managed to get around all the obstacles ― the gun turrets, the walls, the moats, the sentries ― that were wrapped around my heart. My heart at that time needed her. I think it’s the best thing going, parenthood.”
“I have a few regrets, but my primary one is that I feel like I’m away from home too much and not getting enough time with the kids. We used to homeschool the first two, which I guess is another way of saying that we didn’t worry about their education. I always feel like they learn more by just hanging with me and going places. But no, they eventually wanted to go to school, and that really put a big wedge between our, you know, hang time.”
On His Youngsters’ Film Tastes
“My little girl Makani, she’s 7, and I asked her the other day what her favorite movie was honestly. She said [my movie] ‘Free Birds.’ Of course, I had asked her every other day before that and sent her to bed without dinner ― yes, she got to eat that night.”
On His Household’s Affect
“Before, I’d been gregarious ― someone who enjoyed the company of others. But during ‘Cheers,’ the pressure of people that I didn’t know constantly wanting to talk to me made me recoil and become less outgoing. It had quite a negative impact. I went through a period of arrogance and having my head up my ass. But, luckily, this life and my family ― my wife and my daughters ― they kind of loved me into a better human being.”
On His Daughters’ Character
“I am a great example for my daughters for what not to do. But they are strong and tough, they see through falseness. At the same time, they are optimistic and open.”
On Dad Fails
“I don’t ever remember having a dad fail. I mean, literally, it’d be weird to say I had a perfect record. My dad fails have to do with if I’m working and can’t go to a play they’re in, that drives me crazy. I have one coming up where my daughter’s Ophelia in ‘Hamlet’ and … it’s a problem, but I think I’m going to work it out. I think I’m going to be able to do it.”
On What He Needs For His Youngsters
“It could have been nice if I’d been as easy-going as Woody in ‘Cheers’ ― I
beloved that present ― however I wasn’t. I have taught my daughters to expertise
life and never be continuously making judgements, which held me again.”
On College Small Discuss
“I like to think about myself as cool and calm and picked up and actually communicator, however I gotta say, typically I’m simply completely horrible. If there’s some stress, you realize what I imply? If it’s a factor the place I really feel like, Uh, I need to … Say, my daughter’s faculty. I’ll simply be standing there with some those who I don’t actually know very nicely, or simply very peripherally, and attempting to make dialog. Perhaps I attempt too arduous or I … You recognize what I imply? I don’t know in the event you ever have that.”
On Work/Life Steadiness
“For a long time, they’d come with me wherever I went. Then they got into a really good school, and that was the end of traveling everywhere with Daddy. It was kind of unfair to them and me. But on the other hand, I could have been working less.”
“Nobody who’s as fortunate as I am has a proper to be cynical. Fortunately, I have my household, which makes me hopeful. What they do comes extra from the center than the top. And there’s a younger era rising up and they’re coming from a really pure perspective. It’s not related to economics. These youngsters give me hope that lastly, a change will occur.