Brooke Shields Explains Rowan's Take on Paparazzi

09/29/2008 at 07:00 PM ET
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A celebrity for virtually her entire life, Brooke Shields is no doubt accustomed to the paparazzi. For her daughters Rowan Francis, 5, and Grier Hammond, 2, however, the notion of strangers documenting their every move is strange, in and of itself. Brooke recently overheard a conversation between Rowan and one of Brooke’s friends, in which Rowan explained that the paparazzi likes to take her picture when she’s out and about with mom." "I just died," Brooke recalled during a Friday appearance on Late Night with Conan O’Brien. "I thought, ‘Oh God, she has that in her vernacular.’ It’s so sad that she grows up with that." But when Brooke’s friend pressed the point — asking Rowan why the paparazzi take her picture — Brooke said that her daughter’s response surprised her even more.

"She said ‘Eh, they just want Brooke Shields.’ But what was so amazing to me about that was that she separated ‘Mom’ from ‘Brooke Shields.’ And she says Brooke Shields like it’s one word, it’s a thing, and it’s this thing that the paparazzi use in some way." 

"In her own way," Rowan "kind of justified [the paparazzi]," Brooke noted. What the 43-year-old Lipstick Jungle actress finds most comforting, however, is that in Rowan’s mind Brooke "is still on her team with her, as her mom."

"It made me feel that she’s probably a lot healthier about it than even I am."

Rowan and Grier are Brooke’s daughters with husband Chris Henchy.

Source: Late Night with Conan O’Brien

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Heather Lynn on

hahah thats so cute…. “eh.. they just want Brooke Shields” hahah her daughters are adorable!! Maybe Rowan will grow up to be a comedienne.. because I sure found her funny!

Stéph on

Aww, that is so cute, I love Rowan!!

Brandi on

So funny! It’s true, she really gets it, even at 5.

Lauren on

Even though Brooke says her daughters are nothing like her, I have a feeling that’s not true. Clearly Rowan got that brain from her mom. The fact that she can seperate her mom from her celebrity persona at 5 is something else. And based on other anecdotes Brooke’s told about her, she is clearly very sharp. I’ll be interested to see what she does later in life.

Rosanna on

I just love Brooke Shields. A mother like her just stimulates her kids to think, think, think… There are no words to express it… Brooke is wit, lucid, loving and just plain adorable!

EditorJax on

Rowan sounds like a smart little girl! Maybe she’ll follow in her mom’s footsteps and end up at Princeton! 😉 I love her casual comment about the paps only wanting Brooke Shields. It’s a testament to Chris and Brooke’s great parenting that Rowan is so down-to-Earth, and I bet Grier is the same.

Marsha on

I very much doubt that a 5 year old kid would have said ‘Eh, they just want Brooke Shields.’ Maybe that’s what mom told her.

brooke on

I agree lauren, I think rowan is a lot like brooke. I have heard brooke say stories about rowan since she was like 2, the child sounds very smart and I think she will follow in her mom’s footsteps and get into the acting business in the future.

CelebBabyLover on

Marsha- Kids are a lot smarter than we tend to give them credit for. 🙂