Dax Shepard doesn't want his daughters to have problems growing up because of who their mom and dad are! As People shares, Shepard— who's married to actress Kristen Bell— recently talked to guest Justin Timberlake on his podcast Armchair Expert about why he's concerned about being a parent in the public eye.
Shepard doesn't want his kids to be treated badly by others
Shepard revealed that his primary concern for 7-year-old Lincoln and 6-year-old Delta is how other kids will treat them— and possibly take advantage of them— because their parents are celebrities! He shared that he doesn't want their experiences when it comes to making friends to be overwhelmingly positive or negative due to this fact.
"I have a great fear that kids are gonna hangout with them solely because of that, or resent them because of that," the actor and host— who's married to actress Kristen Bell— admitted. "To me, the two options both seem terrible. Either they're gonna have fake friends or they're gonna have people hate them for no reason."
Shepard told his daughters not to "make other kids jealous"
Shepard also recounted a specific time when he had to tell his daughters to keep things under wraps as far as their parents' careers are concerned! He revealed that during a local community theatre production of Frozen— the 2013 Disney movie where Bell voices one of the main characters "Anna"— he told them why they needed to stay quiet.
"I had to tell my daughters, I'm like, you cannot tell anyone in this thing that your mom is Princess Anna," Shepard recalled. "And I know you're proud, and you should be able to say that, but I'm just warning you that will probably make other kids jealous and they won't know how to handle that feeling."
Timberlake was able to relate to Shepard, sharing a similar anecdote. "We have the same thing where the kids at school with my 5-year-old are like, 'Your dad is Branch from Trolls,'" he explained. "I guess for guys like us, the hope is that we just keep instilling in them that we've got really fun jobs but it's not who we are. And hopefully, down the road that has more weight to it."