Dennis Quaid recently opened up to Parade about his new role as a coach in the upcoming flick The Express. Dennis also talked about his family life with wife Kimberly and their 11-month-old fraternal twins, Thomas and Zoe.
On how The Express deals with segregation and prejudice in daily life and how these issues are especially timely in the context of the current presidential campaign: “When we started filming, Obama had announced his candidacy but he was just really one of the pack. Now it’s come down to the fact that he could be president, so I guess it is relevant. The film looks back to how we used to be, as a country, with regard to segregation, and it speaks to how far we’ve come and also where we still need to go.”
On what life is like when he’s not working: “I play golf or ride my horse.That’s basically my day. I get the kids up, take my older son to school, go play golf, come home, play with the kids a bit, ride my horse, have dinner and then veg out. I’m really a creature of habit, I’m obsessive about what I do. When I find something I really like, I stick with it.”
On how the twins are doing after their lives were threatened by a mix-up of medicines in the hospital: “They’re doing fantastic.They’re completely healthy and happy and have no ill effects from what happened to them. I’m really grateful about that. We’ve created a foundation that is all about minimizing the impact of human error in the hospitals — trying to facilitate bedside bar-coding and electronic record keeping in hospitals, which would lower the likelihood of mistakes being made.”
On how he went through some tough times but now seems to be on a roll in Hollywood: “I cleaned my life up after my addictions, and when I came back to work I found out it wasn’t so easy to pick up where I left off. It’s taken a few years but I think things are finally coming to fruition. I’m really having more fun now, acting and making movies, than I did when I first started. I’m doing it just because I love it rather than trying to make it. You don’t have the pressure of ‘You’ve got to make that next movie that’s going to put you over the top for this or that.’”
Photo: Pacific Coast News, June 14