Dennis Quaid Says Twins Were Different 'Right Off The Bat'

10/16/2008 at 07:00 PM ET

The differences between sons and daughters are something most parents to both sexes will often marvel at, but with boy-girl twins, those differences are magnified even more says Dennis Quaid. During a Tuesday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the 54-year-old actor — dad to Thomas Boone and Zoe Grace, 11 ½-months — said that "right off the bat" his twins were a case study in opposites. "She’s walking and going one way, he’s climbing and going the other way," Dennis said. "It’s nuts." Furthermore, while Zoe "bats her eyes" when she wants something or uses her "verbal skills," Boone grunts and groans. "Which is what I do," Dennis joked.

The twins are "doing great" following their Heparin overdose as newborns, and Dennis said that he and wife Kimberly Buffington Quaid consider themselves "so lucky" as a result. The couple credit their faith for the full recovery Boone and Zoe have enjoyed. "We had a lot of people praying for them, and I really am convinced that that’s what got them through," Dennis said.

Jack Henry, Dennis’ 16-year-old son with ex-wife Meg Ryan, is also doing well and at 6′ 2" — he is a force to be reckoned with! "I was really nice to him growing up, because I knew he was going to be tall," Dennis joked. His teenaged son recently received his drivers license, and is an actor-in-the-making, having fallen in love with the drama department at his high school. Dennis said that he wouldn’t do anything to disuade Jack from pursuing a career in entertainment. "I want all my kids to do whatever they love doing the best, and I want them to figure out a way to get paid for it," Dennis said with a laugh. "It’s one of the keys to life."

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Source: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

FILED UNDER: Multiples , News , Parenting

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Bethy on

I’m not that familiar with Dennis Quaid, but I saw him on Ellen and thought he seemed like a nice guy (and handsome too!) Ellen had him go into a coffee shop and act like an idiot….it was hilarious. I couldn’t believe he did it!

Babiesonline on

I am so glad the twins are doing well!!! It’s one thing to have double the fun taking care of two, its completely another to have to worry about them right after birth. Good Luck to both mom and dad.


Dee on

To Dennis and Kimberly: I believe you also had many people you don’t know praying for your twins (including myself)

As for what Dennis said about finding what you love in life and then figuring out how to get paid for it.. I tell my kids that all the time… find a job doing something you love doing, then it never feels like work🙂. If you’re going to spend most of your life doing something, you should enjoy it right?

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