Why Hugh Grant is relieved his five kids can’t act: ‘They’re all hopeless’
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Josh Hartnett and Hugh Grant‘s new movie Operation Fortune: Cunning of War pokes fun at actors taking themselves too seriously.
Hartnett plays big-time Hollywood star Danny Francesco in the new Guy Ritchie spy action/comedy flick, going undercover to thwart a deadly weapons deal being arranged by billionaire arms dealer Greg Simmonds (Grant).
However, both actors tell 9Honey Celebrity they wouldn’t want their kids following in their footsteps and being movie stars, with Grant saying he’s relieved his children are “hopeless” in that respect.
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“I’m against it,” the father-of-five says about his kids becoming actors.
“Luckily I’ve seen all my kids now in school plays and they’re all hopeless, completely hopeless. It’s a huge relief.”
Hartnett, who has three kids with actress Tamsin Egerton, say he feels the same.
“I’m with Hugh on that,” the 42-year-old tells 9Honey Celebrity over Zoom.
“I don’t want my children to become actors but mine tend to understand character better than I do, so I’m a little freaked out by it.”
Both actors tend to keep their family lives pretty private, with Hartnett’s secret wedding to Egerton in November 2021 only confirmed in May last year.
Meanwhile news the Pearl Harbour star had welcomed his third child with his partner of 10 years came out in a 2021 interview – a bit over a year after the baby was born, in late 2019.
“The thing I am most proud of is that I’m a father of three and I have a good relationship with my partner and a great family life and I’m still able to do good work and, as I’ve got older, the characters have become more interesting,” Hartnett told fashion tome MR PORTER.
The couple’s two older kids are believed to be six and four years old. The American actor now lives in the UK, just outside of London.
Meanwhile, Grant has three children with wife Anna Eberstein and two children with ex Tinglan Hong.
The 61-year-old had his first child aged 51 and has since raved about fatherhood in interviews, calling it “life-changing” and crediting it for making him a better actor.
“Everyone was right all these years, saying, ‘Hugh, why don’t you have some children? It changes your life’,” he said in a 2012 chat with Ellen DeGeneres.
“Now that I have a child, it is life-changing. I recommend it. Get some!”
While in an interview with Daily Mail’s Weekend magazine in 2020, Grant said his children saved him from being “a slightly scary old golf-addicted bachelor”.
“I think I turned into a slightly scary old golf-addicted bachelor, and to tell you the truth I’m glad to see the back of him,” he said.
“I mean, it’s completely knackering trying to be a young father in an old man’s body and I’ve found that if you’re 60 and there are five small children in the house you can’t have a hangover either. But it’s worth it. Absolutely.”
Operation Fortune: Ruse de guerre is in cinemas around Australia on January 12.
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