Omar Epps: 'Nothing Can Really Prepare You' for Parenthood
In a new interview with WebMD magazine, House star Omar Epps says that “when it comes to parenting, there are many books and a lot of helpful things, but nothing can really prepare you.” Noting that “once you are driving that ship, it’s the hardest, yet greatest job in the world,” Omar says that the rewards are well worth the effort. “To see them learn something and to really see them go from zero to past zero,” is the most exciting part of parenthood, he says, adding,
“I have learned to keep my innocence. I am an artist, so I have it in me to find the wonder in life. My kids are also pretty disciplined and determined. If they set their mind to do something, they will accomplish it and that is pretty admirable.”
Omar gives wife Keisha Spivey Epps full credit for shouldering the load with their daughter K’mari Mae, 5, and son Amir, 18 months, while he’s at work on the hit FOX show, making all doctors appointments and sleeping in Amir’s room so Omar gets a full night’s rest. “My hours are too crazy and I can’t deal with midnight wake ups, so we make do,” he says. With that said, the 35-year-old actor is counting his blessings on all fronts!
“I feel blessed to do what I love and be able to make a living and take care of my family. It has been a great ride so far, so it’s kind of easy to find a balance.”
Omar is also dad to daughter Aiyanna Yasmine, 10, with ex-wife Yusra Salama.