Steve Carell: Why Being a Celebrity Dad Can Be "A Little Odd"

The iVillage Guest Editor reveals those strange moments in Hollywood when his celebrity impacts his family, and whether the younger Carells might follow in mom and dad's footsteps

Raising kids is hard enough, but can you imagine the extra hair-raising moments raising them in Hollywood? We figured that had to be a concern for father of two Steve Carell, who seems about as down to earth as they get in show business. But it's not an issue, he says.

"I don't really worry about it because I think it's the friends that you surround yourself with, and the relationships that [your kids] have and that you introduce them to, and also what you as parents bring to the table" said the Golden Globe-winning actor and comedian.

Steve says he and his wife Nancy, who's an actor, comedian and writer (they met doing improv together in Chicago), have "nothing against Hollywood" but "it doesn't define" who they are.

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That said, Steve admits there are times when his and his wife's celebrity (she appeared on The Office, The Daily Show and SNL) does slightly impact their ability to live a normal and private life. "The only thing that's a little odd is if we're out to dinner, something like that, and somebody will pull one of us aside and say, 'Can we have a picture?' or something like that, which is fine. ... And it doesn't happen a lot, but I can see that it's a little strange for my kids because neither my wife nor I want them to interpret that in any strange way."

Futures in Show Business?

Steve didn't set out to be an actor or a comedian. In fact, he was planning to go to law school until he sat down to fill out his college application. "I couldn't answer it," he said. "I just didn't know why I wanted to be an attorney."

It was his parents who encouraged him to be an actor, to follow something he wanted to do that would make him happy. "They both said, 'It's your life. You know you need to go in every day to do a job that you love. ... Who cares what we want? At this point, it's about you," he said, remembering what his mom and dad told him. "I want my kids to feel the same way, that they're pursuing something, whatever it is that the enjoy and that they have a passion for," he said.

So are either of the Carell children showing an interest in being on the big screen? "Not beyond just the casual fun of school plays and things like that," he said. "But also, I would not encourage it for them as children in a professional way. I think reserve that for when ... it's time to go out and learn a craft or go to college," the proud and darling dad said. "Right now they should be kids."


Want to hear more from our Guest Editor, Steve Carell? Of course you do! Head here to find out who's the disciplinarian in the Carell household, whether Steve thinks he's a "hot" dad and why Ryan Gosling actually wishes Steve was his dad!

Happy Father's Day, Steve, and all the other great dads out there!

Kelly Wallace is chief correspondent of iVillage. Follow Kelly on Twitter (@kellywallacetv).

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