Billy Zane Won’t Risk Taking Daughter on Titanic Replica

03/07/2013 at 11:00 AM ET

Billy Zane Titanic Electrick Children
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Fatherhood has been a natural role for Titanic star Billy Zane, whose daughter Ava Katherine with model girlfriend Candice Neil turned 2 in February.

“It’s exceptional,” the actor tells PEOPLE Monday at a special screening of his new film Electrick Children hosted by Make Up For Ever in New York City.

“While some people say it changes you, I feel I was somehow very prepared for it.”

Not to say being a devoted dad doesn’t come at a cost. “Sleep deprivation has been challenging,” Zane, 47, admits.

As to whether he plans to bring the two leading ladies in his life aboard the Titanic II — an exact replica of the ill-fated ocean liner that will set sail in 2016 on its original route — his mind is set.

“No,” says Zane. “I’m not sure that I’d care to risk it.”

“I’m sure I’ll get an invitation though. Although it’s funny, I can’t get a charter to save my life — I don’t know if people would really want me on board,” he jokes, referring to his infamous child-stealing character Cal from the epic blockbuster.

He does have one vital tip for any passengers who do end up on the highly buzzed about ship, however. “Just count the lifeboats,” he says with a laugh.

— Haiwen Lu

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Amy on

I thought her name was Eva Katerina? I’m sure that was previously reported??

Melanie on


christie on

Haha u tell them Mr. Zane !!!! Btw I know it was forever ago but I loved u on charmed !!!

boo-yah Jones on

Put a cork in it, Zane!

Anonymous on

Lol. I’d do anything to get on a nice titanic Cruz across the Atlantic ocean

Emry on

one of the dumbest things they could do…build another titanic, and a huge waste of money, its a huge jinx.

Jayne on

Wow, such anger from Billy Zane to get things right about his bastard child. How about marrying her mother, B-list?

Kat on

Too soon since Carnival Cruise or the real Titanic?

Bex on

I LOVE this article, it combines my love of seeing responsible parenting and history 🙂 I am excited about the Titanic II, I hope that everything goes more smoothly this time around 🙂

Jennifer S on

Ha Billy Zane is cool! Love Titanic. Great great movie!

Danielle on

Billi Zane character on the Titanic movie was stellar as the boyfriend of Rose……and I don’t blame him for saying that he won’t let his daughter be on the Replica…….just in case. I won’t either.

dsfg on

Jayne, not everyone shares your religious or moral views. I’m sure you’ve done plenty of things that I think are terrible, but it’s none of my business. I’m not judgmental.