In his latest film, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Jim Carrey tackles the subject of fatherhood and parenting in a way that only he (and a few of his charismatic feathered friends) can.
But it was in a recent interview with Breezy Mama that the legendary comedic actor spoke candidly about his own experiences as a dad, his amazing relationship with his 1-year-old grandson Jackson Riley Santana, and what it means to him to have had the kind of success he’s enjoyed over the years.
Here’s what Carrey had to say….
On parenting guilt: “It’s definitely a recognizable theme and certainly something that’s really prevalent for everybody nowadays. Everybody has to work and everybody’s got that kind of guilt feeling, ‘Am I spending enough time,’ and, ‘Do they have my full focus?
The most important thing in the world is to make your kids feel like they’re the most important thing to you.
“There was a time in my life where I felt like that was slipping a little bit. I took a year and a half off. I didn’t work, and I took those two years off to make sure that she knew.”
On his grandson, Jackson: “He is starting to mimic and stuff like that. It’s so funny.
“But, he’s about a year and two months. So, he’s just kind of “gah blah,” [for “grandpa”] or whatever. But, he does definitely mimic. And the great thing about him, you can see with kids, before they get squashed by anybody in school or anything like that, is there is this confidence of knowing that they are it. You know what I mean?
“He walks into the room and he says, ‘Hi!’ He’s hot this mischief on his face [mimics his expression] and stuff that you can just tell that he knows he’s going to be completely accepted in every way, you know? There’s no rejection in there at all. It’s just full on, ‘I am it. I know you want to see me. I know whenever I say hi, everybody’s going to laugh, everybody’s going to do their thing.”
On his outstanding career: “I feel super lucky that a lot of things that I’ve done are now just reintroducing themselves generation after generation it seems. And I still have little kids coming up to me about Ace Ventura and The Mask. And I say, ‘Well, thank you. Wow, what a wonderful place to be.’ I’m going to be like 90 years old and 30 year olds will be coming up to me going, ‘Dude, a thousand times I’ve watched that thing.’ It’s a pretty great place to be.”
You can check out Jim Carrey’s full interview at Breezy Mama, and catch him in Mr. Popper’s Penguins when it opens in theaters June 17th.