Celebrities often vow to alternate their work commitments in order to always have one full-time parent at home with the kids, but Jerry O’Connell is putting his time (and money!) where his mouth is.
When news first broke that the 35-year-old actor had enrolled in Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, it seemed a surprising choice. Speaking to Celebrity Baby Blog on Saturday night at the Much Love Animal Rescue’s third annual summer fundraiser Bow Wow WOW Howlywood!, however, Jerry said that it was his 8-month-old twin daughters Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip who sparked his detour from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.
“I’m taking the next while off because my wife [actress Rebecca Romijn] is working on Eastwick. I’m not going to be working for the next eight months because we agreed that one of us would be with the kids.”
Citing the “pretty long hours” Rebecca will be working, Jerry feels that now is “a good time” for law school. “I’ve always planned on going,” he shared before noting, “It’s just night school.” Joking that he “better not fail out now” because “people will make fun,” Jerry says that the public pressure is motivating him “to study hard and get good grades.” One thing is for certain: PEOPLE’s Babies ’09 issue earned high marks from the proud papa, who exclaimed,
“What a great little piece your magazine did for myself and my two little girls. It was so cute. It was so cute.”
– Missy with reporting by Sara Hammel