Ben Affleck Nixes Acting For His Kids Until After They're 18: 'I Think It's A Hard Thing'

By Amanda Moore, Parent Herald April 26, 04:00 am

Ben Affleck nixes the idea that his children should try out acting. As a child actor himself, the father-of-three knows how hard show business is and if it were up to him, he'd rather Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5, consider Hollywood after they're 18.

Affleck spoke about his children during the press conference for the AutFest International Film Festival. This was his first public appearance since the "Batman vs. Superman" star and Jennifer Garner announced their divorce after a two-year separation, People reported.

During the Q & A with the audience, Affleck said while he loved being a child actor, he's not pushing for any of his kids to become one at least after they're 18-years-old. He found acting as a child rewarding but he also learned to deal with the downsides. He said this was a "hard thing."

"You know you have to have a certain thickness of skin in this business because success and failure, as a performer, are really two sides of the same coin," the dad said. "You're putting yourself out there and being evaluated, and it doesn't go one way, all the way, every time."

For now, however, his kids seemed interested in other things. Affleck told Ellen DeGeneres on her show last January there's a lot of Radio Disney at his house. "I hear a lot about the romantic adventures of Disney characters who are on the Disney Channel, and we go to Taylor Swift concerts," Affleck said, as per Hello. 

Affleck and Garner manage co-parenting without tension despite their marriage breaking up. He's very much an active presence in his kids' life as he still regularly goes with them to karate classes or mall trips or Sunday church service.

Meanwhile, in March, Affleck admitted he recently went to rehab for alcohol addiction. CNN reported Garner filed the divorce papers, citing "irreconcilable differences."

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