Actor Michael Douglas admits he made some mistakes as a dad to his now 31-year-old son Cameron, but he seems intent on doing it right now that he’s got a second chance at fatherhood.
Michael, who has kids Dylan, 9, and Carys, 6, with his wife Catherine Zeta Jones, opens up about the joys and struggles of family life in a new interview with AARP magazine.
The 65-year-old Oscar-winner finds great joy in raising his children – “I love to be the first face they see [in the morning],” he says – but that wasn’t always the case.
“My career was the most important thing in my life, followed by marriage and children,” he admits of his younger years. “And it’s completely reversed now. I never anticipated starting a family and the joy of raising kids at my age.”
With his son Cameron now in federal prison facing drug charges, Michael seems to want to shoulder some of the blame.
“I’ll assume whatever responsibilities I have to,” he says. “Would it have been better to have been around more? Absolutely. There were absences, and I was no angel.”
These days, he says, his priorities are entirely different.
“I think it’s easier for me to be a good father. I’m not so concerned about my career. I like to be home a lot more now. I see the confidence my kids have got versus the struggle for confidence that I had or that Cameron might have dealt with.”