The entertainment world has always been a part of Ben Stiller‘s life as both his parents Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara are performers, but the 42-year-old actor wants to make sure that his kids — Ella Olivia, 6, and Quinlin Dempsey, 3 — "have as much of a regular childhood as possible." If his kids decide to follow in their family’s footsteps, Ben will be "totally supportive" of them, but doesn’t see it happening just yet.
"My daughter is not that interested in movies. She’d rather be playing with her dolls, which is good. I think that’s healthy. My son sort of gets [show biz] but he’s also more involved with his trains."
Ben, who is currently starring in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, can next be seen in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. The comedian is happy to be making films that his children can watch because the majority of his earlier work does not fit that criteria. "It’s great to be able to share with them something they can enjoy. There’s not a lot of films of mine I can show to them but we’ll get to them eventually," he jokes. "I don’t know how long it will take until they can see Dodgeball or even Heavyweights. But I’m guessing we’ll get to both of them before There’s Something About Mary."
Ben and actress Christine Taylor, 37, have been married since May 13, 2000.