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If I weren’t sitting on a Hollywood stage under the lights and surrounded by a studio crew, I would have felt like I was talking to any other dad I know when I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with the hilarious Steve Carell. Ask him about his two kids -- his daughter’s 12, his son’s eight -- and well, cue up the “Awwws!”
He was remembering a day he spent with his daughter (his son had a play date). “We went to lunch, we went out to a movie,” the 50-year-old iVillage Guest Editor said, beaming. “And what really got me, sort of melted my heart that day, was she still enjoys holding my hand in public. She’ll still do it.”
Okay, Steve, but what about the point at which she no longer wants to be seen holding hands -- in public of all places -- with her daddy? “I hope it never happens but that’s, I think, what I fear the most,” the darling dad conceded.
Stressing About the Teenage Years?
The teenage years are fast approaching, but Steve said he’s “not freaking out quite yet.” What he is trying to do, like all of us parents, is figure out a way to remember the moments with the kids because life goes by so darn fast.
"You know, it's like, 'Oh, we have to videotape this, because it's such a monumental moment," said Steve. "And then you take out the video camera and it's over."
How often does that happen in your household?
"So I ... try to memorize moments more than anything. I take a mental picture of things," said the Golden Globe-winner. "Someone actually gave me that advice on my wedding day. (They said), ‘It’s going to go by in a flash, and you won’t remember a thing, so every so often, just take a mental picture of what she looks like walking down the aisle, what that first dance was, what the song was. Just take these mental snapshots, and that’s what you’ll have.”
Watch more of Steve’s candid and crushable take on parenting here:
Parenting Tips from Despicable Me 2
We wondered if Steve got any parenting tips from his character Gru, the lead in the animated film Despicable Me (Despicable Me 2 comes out in July) who ends up taking in three orphans. “It’s funny because one of the things that attracted me to Despicable Me was the storyline," Steve told me. "It’s something I identified with as a dad because any parent enters into having kids oblivious, really, to how it’s going to affect their lives, as does this character. ... It really struck a chord in me. And what this guy goes through taking these three little girls into his life changes him forever in such monumentally good ways.”
Carell on Parenting: “It Changes Everything”
We couldn’t agree with you more, Steve, when you said that everything in your life changes the minute you have kids. Which begs the question: Is there anything you wish you had known or was warned about before having children? “No one can warn you about anything,” Steve said. “I find myself withholding information in a way with new parents because I think you don’t want to hear it from me. You have to find this out on your own, and all the books that you read, all the advice that you get is wonderful and supportive, but ultimately you are making your own path with your kids. And that exploration and that discovery is, I think, what’s so precious about it.”
Could he be any more adorable? The answer is yes, so stick around all week to hear more from one of our favorite Hollywood dads, including when he reveals who the disciplinarian is in the Carell household (you might be wrong!), what advice he’s learned from his own dad, and whether he’s as funny at home as he is on television and the big screen.