Some of them save lives on big screens. Others are trained spies, who are going after classified information. Most of them know martial arts or have certain supernatural powers. And all of them have hordes of fans, who want to know everything both about their favorite superheroes and about the actors who play them. Most of all, fans want to know how they live their lives off-screen, what everyday habits they have, and how they parent their children.
But, since celebrities are also people (yes, even those who play superheroes are actually just human beings!), it's logical to assume that they also have their own issues, when it comes to raising children. After all, one can be a God of Thunder, Iron Man, or Wonder Woman on screen, but this person still has to change their baby's nappies, deal with their toddler's tantrums, and handle all kinds of other parenting problems.
Among others, Robert Downey Jr. is sure that parents mustn't transfer their discomfort onto their kids, Gal Gadot feels like "just a mum" when at home, Cobie Smulders thinks that parenting is the most challenging job in the world, and Hugh Jackman learns patience from his children.
So let us see what actors and actresses from superhero movies think about raising children and how they feel about themselves, as parents!
20 Scarlett Johansson Does't Think She's An Expert
Scarlett Johansson isn't only a talented actress and a beautiful woman. She's also a humble person, who doesn't think too much of herself. Even though she has a lot of fans, who want to know how she parents her daughter, the actress doesn't think of herself as of an expert in motherhood issues.
"I’m such a newbie at this," Johansson explained in an interview with Australian Daily Telegraph. "I always really [strongly dislike] it when actors or people in the spotlight make giant grandiose statements about parenthood because it’s so, so personal. And I don’t profess to know anything more about parenting than anybody else."
19 Chris Hemsworth Knows What Real Love Is
Chris Hemsworth and his wife Elsa Pataky have three kids — a daughter and two twin sons. Like most other parents, the Thor actor admits that when his kids were born, his life changed completely. Even when Chris is asked about the biggest challenge in his life, he replies that it's parenting.
"It’s much more difficult than you think it’s going to be," the actor shares his experience in an interview with Bang Showbiz. "You have to change your thinking and be completely there for them." But, even though it's so difficult to parent, the actor is glad to be a father, because his kids teach him "what real love is and what true responsibility means".
18 Gal Gadot Is A Real-Life Wonder Woman
As soon as Gal Gadot landed the role of Wonder Woman, she became an extremely popular actress and a role model for millions of other women and girls. Gal is amazing in many things, and the way she talks about parenting her two daughters is also very inspiring.
The Wonder Woman actress says that, even though she plays a goddess on big screen, she's "just a mum" at home and her elder daughter Alma understands it. "She doesn’t pay so much attention," Gadot shares. "Even when I’m talking to someone about Wonder Woman, she tries any which way she can to change the topic! But she has certainly learned that every woman is a wonder woman. She literally says that, which I love."
17 Chris Pratt Is A Strict Parent
Even though Chris Pratt and Anna Ferris separated (are you over it yet?), they still have a good relationship and these days they successfully co-parent their 6-year-old son Jack.
When the actor talks about his parenting style, he says that he's doing his best trying to maintain a certain kind of balance. "I'm probably the strict parent, but also pretty loving and affectionate as well," Pratt shares. And then he goes on to explain what he means, "I think you've got to get respect, do what you say you're going to do, and make your kids toe the line and all that stuff. But at the same time, you give them lots of hugs and kisses."
16 Zoe Saldana Wants Her Kids To Be Multicultural
Chris Pratt's co-star in Guardians of the Galaxy, Zoe Saldana, is also a happy mother. She and her husband Marco Perego-Saldana have three sons. It's interesting that the multicultural couple raises their kids, speaking several languages with them. "I don't know what they're gonna speak, because right now we're talking to them in English, Italian and Spanish," the actress shares.
And when Zoe is asked an advice on how to get back in shape after pregnancy, she replies, "Be easy on yourself and embrace the place you're at in life, and that also involves embracing where your body is at, and just waking up every day with a determination to get to where you want to be." Amazing!
15 Robert Downey Jr. Remains Mindful
Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan have two kids: their son was born in 2012 and their daughter in 2014. When talking about his parenting style, the Iron Man actor shares that he is doing his best to remain conscious about the way he behaves with his children.
"Only thing you have to do, the only requirement, if you can hack it, is to not transfer your own discomfort in the moment to this fresh soul, right? ... " Downey says in an Esquire interview. "You got to be mindful. I don't want to be so confident in myself. It's that balance between being relaxed enough to not be communicating anxiety and present enough to not be creating the very thing that you were anxious about by being so relaxed — because I've seen that parenting style, too."
14 Benedict Cumberbatch Naps To Remain Sane
Benedict Cumberbatch has two sons with his wife Sophie Hunter. One of them is 3 and another is only 1 year old. So as a parent of a little baby, the Doctor Strange actor realizes how challenging this period is. But he has a secret that helps him preserve his senses. The secret is simple — it's sleep.
In an interview, Benedict shared his piece of advice with other new parents, "Sleep when they sleep, make sure you can build some napping into your day, and then you won't go utterly [bonkers]."
However effective it is, sadly, this advice doesn't work all the time, because we can't always sleep when our kids sleep, can we?
13 Cobie Smulders Takes Things As They Are
The woman behind Maria Hill from S.H.I.E.L.D., Cobie Smulders is a mother of two daughters. And just like any other mother, she understands that raising kids is a challenging thing to do. The actress shared in an interview with Parents, "That to me is the biggest advice I give friends: Just flow with it. Just be present and let it happen and do your best. It really is the hardest job in the world. It really is."
We feel you, Cobie, we do feel you... And the thing is, it's the job you can't quit (and, to be honest, you don't really want to quit, because you love this job no matter how hard it is).
12 Mark Ruffalo Shares Advice On Sleep Training
Mark Ruffalo has three kids, so we can assume that this man knows a thing or two about raising children. So it's no wonder that some other parents (even celebrities) would like to get a piece of advice from him. One of such people was his MCU colleague Zoe Saldana, who was having trouble sleep training her twin sons. But Ruffalo's advice about it was short and simple. The Hulk actor recommended, "Just forget it," and then went on to add, "Let them come in your bed and slowly transition them out."
Sure, why struggle, if you can solve an issue so simply?
11 Jason Momoa Wants To Be Remembered As A Father
Jason Momoa and his wife Lisa Bonet have two children — daughter who is 11 years old and son who is 10.
In one of his interviews, the Aquaman actor was asked what he'd want to be remembered by. His answer was, "I want to be remembered as, I hope, an amazing husband and a great father. My kids are the greatest piece of art. If I can pump them full of amazing stuff and surround them with beautiful art and music, then I'm going to live out my life watching them. They're already way smarter and just way better than me. God, I love it. It's beautiful. I want it to be the greatest thing I ever do: make good humans."
What a great answer!
10 Gwyneth Paltrow Tries To Pause At Times
Gwyneth Paltrow is known for always being willing to give parenting advice to others.
In one of her interviews, the actress behind Pepper Pots from MCU was asked what to do, if a child exhibits certain qualities a parent doesn't like. She replied, giving the example of her son Moses, "Mosey and I are so similar in a lot of ways, and we have the same bad qualities, so sometimes I find it really triggering with him. And I always have to think, ‘Okay, try to put a pause in between what you’re feeling and what you’re going to do or say next.'"
9 James McAvoy Values The Privacy Of His Family
The man behind Professor Charles Xavier, the leader of X-Men in Marvel movies, James McAvoy has a son named Brendan, who is 8 years old now. It's interesting to mention that the actor and his ex-wife Anne-Marie Duff separated in 2016, but they still live together in order to raise their son together and to protect his privacy.
Unlike most of his colleagues, who like sharing a piece of advice on parenting every now and then and telling how they feel about raising children, McAvoy is quite a secretive person, when it comes to his personal life. But can we judge him for it?
8 Bradley Cooper Wants His Daughter To Be Loved
Bradley Cooper and his wife Inna Shayk are new parents, who have a 1-year-old daughter, whom they certainly love to pieces.
When asked what he thinks about parenting, the actor who voices Rocket the Raccoon from Guardians of the Galaxy said, "I guess having a child, and having a family of my own — which is a miracle and something I've always dreamt of — has opened me up even more, I guess, to the day, and to be present." And he went on to add, "That's the thing I want my daughter to have — I just always want her to feel loved."
7 Evangeline Lilly Had A Funny Parenting Experience
Evangeline Lilly is known for being quite a secretive person, who doesn't share much about her private life. But at some point, when she was at The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, she shared some of her experiences with her fans.
For example, Lilly told how she was trying to breastfeed her little one, while being on the set of Hobbit, where she played an elf. “He came to the trailer and I put him [up to nurse] and he screamed his head off, staring up at this strange, pointy-eared, wigged, mess of a person that was NOT his mother, and that night I was feeding him at home and he was perfectly fine and my partner [Norman Kali] said to me, ‘You know, his internal dialogue right now is, “Mom, you wouldn’t believe what happened to me today.’”
6 Paul Rudd Cracks Dad Jokes
Paul Rudd is known for his good sense of humor and inclination to joking most of the time. So it's no wonder that he's equally funny while being at home and spending time with his kids.
In his interview with Mr. Porter, the Ant-Man actor shared how his sons, Jack and Darby, ages 12 and 8, react to his jokes, "My favorite thing is when they roll their eyes because it’s such a dad joke, but I know they find it funny. They kind of try to [stop] a smile."
It must be rather hard to keep from smiling when your dad is Paul Rudd!
5 Hugh Jackman Learned Patience From His Kids
Since Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness couldn't have their own children, at some point they decided to adopt kids. Now they have two children — a son Oscar and daughter Ava, whom they love very much.
When asked about the biggest lesson he learned from his kids, the man behind Wolverine simply replied, "Patience." And he went on to add, "Look, kids have a way of pushing your buttons more than anyone else. If there’s stuff in your life you haven’t worked through – as a parent, you’re going to have to work through it."
I'm sure, most other parents can agree with Hugh!
4 Amy Adams Balances Work And Motherhood
Amy Adams, the woman behind Superman's girlfriend, has a daughter in real life. And just like any other working mom, she is trying to balance her job and her parenting duties.
In an interview with USA Today, the actress admitted, "I love that balance. I had a talk show blitz the other day. I had three hours down, so I raced home, changed out of my nice clothes and we walked to Central Park (in New York City) and did the merry-go-round because I promised her we'd do it before we went back — and she remembers. And then we walked back."
3 Ryan Reynolds Knows The Circle Of Life Exists
Ryan Reynolds and his wife Blake Lively are happy parents of two daughters - James and Inez, 4 and 2 years old. They are known for their great sense of humor and endless tweets that make their fans love this lovely couple more and more. And, similarly to all other parents who have more than one child, Ryan and Blake appreciate it that sometimes they can count for the help of their elder kid in taking care of their younger one.
"It’s amazing to see my older daughter taking care of my younger one. The Lion King was right! The circle of life, it exists," the Deadpool actor happily admitted in one of his interviews.
2 Tilda Swinton Gets Real About Pregnancy
Tilda Swinton, the woman behind The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, is a mother of teenage twins in real life. Once she got real about her parenting experiences and shared what she was thinking about giving birth and parenting in general.
"I've made it my business ever since to say to expectant parents: It's going to be [really tough]. And it's going to be wonderful, and you're never going to regret it, but it's going to be [really tough]. Amazingly, very few people seem to say this," the actress said.
Well, we couldn't agree more - parenting really is hard, but it doesn't make us regret having kids. What a paradox!
1 Paul Bettany Was Nervous As A New Father
Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly have three kids. The elder kid is Bettany's stepson and other two (a boy and a girl, 15 and 7 years old) are the children the actors had together. Since Jennifer was a more experienced mother than Paul, she had to deal with him being nervous about some of the things.
Here's one of the examples the actor shared about his worries as a new father: "I was looking in Stellan’s mouth once and saw what I was sure was baby black-gum [problem]... She said it was just a tooth coming in. And I’m saying, “No, we have to go to the hospital!” So we went to the doctor — Jennifer sweetly came along — and the doctor looked in his mouth and said, "That’s a tooth coming through."