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Cuba Gooding Jr. doesn't want his kids to be child actors

10/21/2007 at 04:10 PM ET

Cuba Gooding Jr. makes his living acting but it isn’t something that he wants his children — Spencer, 13, Mason, 11, and Piper, 2 — to take on at this point in their lives.

It’s an adult responsibility to be an actor — it really is. I would be horrified. They have to grow up and become adults first and then all of this praise and money and adult responsibility. It may work for Will Smith, but it don’t work for me.

However, once his children with wife, Sara, have grown, he admits that he would support them 100 percent if they chose to become performers.

They can keep studying and then when they get older, I’ll support them, but right now, let them be kids. I don’t want my kids to have that much freedom right now. They need to just enjoy life, experience life, be exposed to life, understand what life lessons are and morals are, and then make their own decisions, having been informed of the life lessons that they need.

Source: The Press Association

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