Simon Baker and Daughter Love Gossip Girl

01/19/2009 at 12:00 PM ET
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Most people have a guilty pleasure and it turns out that actor Simon Baker and his 15-year-old daughter Stella Breeze share the same one — Gossip Girl! The star of CBS hit show The Mentalist explains that because his oldest works hard on her school work, the show is “the one thing she’s allowed to watch on a weeknight.” Simon says he “sit[s] in bed and watch[es] it with my daughter,” laughing about the over-the-top storylines. “It’s a guilty pleasure,” he admits. Don’t worry though — “We don’t use Gossip Girl as a reference point for our relationship. It’s just hard candy,” notes Simon.

The 39-year-old actor loves being a father to Stella and sons Claude Blue, 9, and Harry Friday, 7, and believes that the best part of being a dad is “just being involved in the experience.”

“I love having a family. Watching them grow and develop, share ideas and thoughts, is amazing.”

Simon is married to Australian actress Rebecca Rigg.

Source: OK! Magazine

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That show is one of my guilty pleasures too!

michelle on

I never thought that I would love Gossip Girl as much as I do. It is my guilty pleasure too. So cute they watch it together. 🙂

Shelby on

Touche, Gossip Girl is my guilty pleasure and a good excuse to get all of the girls together at my place on monday nights and a bottle of wine! I’m glad they love it too!

Vanessa on

AWW! it’s so cute that they watch it together.
i love that show!

Sara on

Even though Gossip Girl is not my cup of tea, I think it’s cool Simon & his daughter watch the show together. I love the middle names of his children as well!

emily on

Somehow I never even knew he had kids. I love their names!!

Lilybett on

I wonder why this article mentions that his wife is an Australian actor but ignores the fact that he is too!

Colleen on

I love Gossip Girl. In many ways, the stories are realistic though and I hope Simon and his daughter discuss what the characters are going through. Drinking, drug use, and sex are extremely common among high schoolers today and these topics should be discussed. This is a great show to watch if you can then use it to talk about these important topics.

meghan on

If he’s comfortable with watching the show with his daughter, I imagine he is also comfortable with discussing the issues presented with her. I recall when I was a kid 90210 was helpful in opening up a dialogue with me and my mom about stuff I might have been embarrassed discussing with her otherwise.

Aitch on

Simon is my guilty pleasure……