Teri Hatcher Says Children Shouldn't Work

02/08/2009 at 09:00 AM ET
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When Teri Hatcher‘s daughter Emerson Rose, 11, was asked to perform voiceover work in Teri’s new film Coraline, the 44-year-old actress admits she was torn. “I’m very much not a believer in children working,” Teri tells MoviesOnline.ca. “When I talk to her about it, I say, ‘There’s just your whole life, your whole life to be rejected and responsible and have to pay a mortgage and all kinds of things like [that].'” On the other hand, Teri says she is a big believer in “opportunity.” Mother and daughter balanced the risk versus the reward, and ultimately decided that the latter outweighed the former. “We travel so much together around the world and do charitable things together and live all sorts of luxury experiences, and then very down to just camping with nothing experiences,” Teri says. “So I believe in children having experiences.”

Emerson — who was “just entranced” with the story, according to Teri — was approached by director Henry Selick “on a lark” as she waited for mom to record her lines one day. “There was no guarantee she was going to be in the movie, there was no one said that, it was just sort of … an experience and a mother-daughter thing,” Teri says. “Ironically it’s a mother-daughter movie that she got to experience.” Adding that she loves “everything” about being a mom, Teri says she hopes that her daughter will “leave the world a better place than it was before.”  From the sound of things, Emerson — whom Teri calls a “healthier version” of herself as a child —  is already well on her way.

“She’s way better than me. Oh, she’s just a wonderful, wonderful child with great balance of adventure and patience and kindness, self-confident. She’s a great kid. I’m sure that I had a lot to do with it, but not everything. She’s got a good father too, and good grandparents.”

Emerson is Teri’s daughter with ex-husband Jon Tenney. Coraline is in theaters now.

Source: MoviesOnline.ca

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Mary on

I have to respectfully disagree with Teri. I think that kids need the values that come with work to grow up strong. I think they should work for their new shirt at 13 and they should work for what they want.

Susan on

I agree with Terri. Of course each child is different, but for the most part kids should be kids. When I wanted to get a job when I was about 15, my mother told me my job was to be a good student and get good grades. If I wanted something new, I had to use my allowance (not much) or my weekend baby sitting money. She didn’t just give me what I wanted, but things I needed were always provided for me. But my mother thought that I should focus my time on being a young woman and moreover, I needed to spend my time being a good student. My job, she said, was to get A’s.

libby on

I agree with her that kids should be kids but I also think that they should work for what they want and should not have everything handed to them. Its also sad that children all over the world are born into slavery or sold by their parents and forced to work for the rest of their lives, but in all of her charitable trips around the world, Teri hasn’t mentioned them and how they would love to work for a fair wage. Anyways, Emerson is very cute and I lik her name.

nona on

Teri sounds like a great mother. It seems like she puts a lot of thought into her role (as a mom, haha I just realized she has lots of “roles.”)

I know a little Emerson who is mostly called Emmy. I wonder what Emerson Rose goes by?

CTBmom on

I agree that kids should be kids and that they also need to learn responsiblity. In Emerson’s case….I see doing voice over work a little differently than having an actual job. My 11 year-old son is a singer, and sings at fairs and festivals and sometimes get paid….but to him it’s not a job, it’s doing what he loves and getting paid for it at the same time.

MZ on

I think there is a balance when it comes to kids working. I think kids need some sort of job (even if that’s chores around the house for allowance) at some point to learn responsibility, budgeting, etc. When I turned 12, I got a summer “job” at the local pool checking in people at the front desk. I earned $2 an hour and worked maybe 4 hrs a week. Still lots of time to be a kid, but I used the money I earned to pay for my own “extras.” I worked every summer after that point at various jobs but still had down time, chances to go on vacation or summer camp, etc. I was only permitted to work during the school year my senior year of HS and then only one night a week. This definitely benefited me in college, when I needed to work. Many of my peers were trying to find jobs for the first time and had a difficult time balancing things.

meghan on

It sounds like Teri is refering to children working in the entertainment industry.

Laura on

I agree meghan, I think she means in the entertainment business… I kind of disagree though. I mean I don’t think children should EVER be forced to work in the entertainment industry. But there are a few kids who REALLY enjoy it and want to be there. As long as their parents are making sure they are still being schooled and having time to be a kid I don’t see a problem in letting them act (or whatever) at the same time. Again I stress that it has to be the child’s choice and he/she should be able to decide how much and how often they would want to work.

mp on

I agree with Meghan and Laura — I think Teri was referring to the entertainment biz — and think a voiceover role in her mom’s movie is perfect. Doesn’t require a lot of publicity or red carpet appearances, doesn’t invoke those “child actor” cliches, but gives Emerson a good sense of responsibility and working (somewhat below the radar) in the industry employing her parents. Well done, Teri and Jon (I’m sure he had input into this decision as well).

Silvermouse on

I agree with MZ. I too had a volunteer job at my local library. It gave me something to be proud about and helped me be beter with people. I believe that nowadays people baby their kids too much. Case in point, there are students in my dorm who are 18-19 years old who have no idea how to do their own laundry! No offense, but isn’t that pretty easy to do?

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