Jerry O’Connell Says He Turned into a ‘Stage Father’ When His Twin Daughters Auditioned for a School Play
Acting. It’s all in the family. Or is it?
While promoting the launch of JCPenney’s “Get Your Penney’s Worth” campaign Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles, Jerry O’Connell told PEOPLE of his latest fatherly discovery when it comes to his 7-year-old twin daughters, Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip.
“My children had to audition for [High School Musical at their school],” the actor, 42, explains. “I had one child who did audition and I had another child who would not audition. I could not get her in there. It’s pretty crazy how quickly I became a stage father.”
O’Connell adds of his children with wife Rebecca Romijn, “I learned that kids are going to do whatever they’re going to do. You can guide them to an area, but you can’t force them into an area.”
Though raising twin girls can be a handful, O’Connell admits that he’s loving every minute of it.
“It’s just so cute having girls,” says the Mistresses star. “My relationship with them, just having little girls — and I can’t speak from experience because I only have girls — but, I just think I like girls more than I like boys. So terrible to say!”
“The secret is, because we have children, we’re too afraid to split up because one of us might end up with the children,” O’Connell playfully jokes.
“We try to stay together out of fear that we’ll be stuck with the kids. We have a joke — if we did spilt up, we would have an anti-custody battle where we try and convince the judge that we weren’t fit to have sole custody.”
— Christina Dugan