Justine Bateman Says She Wants Well-Rounded Kids
If and when the time comes, Justine Bateman says she’ll help however she can should her children Duke, 6, and Olivia, 4 ½, decide to pursue a job in the entertainment industry. She won’t encourage it, however. "There’s an awful lot of choices in the world as far as what one can do for a living," the 42-year-old actress explains. "It’s best to be familiar with as many sectors of the working world as you can be so you’ll be better at your creative job anyway."
"I want them to get out there and know everything about everything."
Justine — who shot to fame in the 80’s on the legendary sitcom Family Ties — may have her work cut out for her. While Duke is happy to play his favorite video game Four, her daughter is already showing a serious creative spark. "[Olivia] is into art…she loves making stuff and painting and drawing," Justine says, adding of both her children: "They’re really fun people." Of course raising kids isn’t always fun and games, and when it’s not for Justine, she’s noticed that she does have a go-to refrain that she often repeats.
"If my kids were to make a talking doll of me as a mother, one of my recorded phrases would be ‘I will throw that in the trash.’ ‘If you don’t put that down right now, I will throw that in the trash.’ It’s very funny to hear myself say certain things –- like noticing which phrases become the most popular to use."
Olivia and Duke are Justine’s children with husband Mark Fluent; the couple have been married since 2001.
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