Ben Stiller is opening up about his family life amid his revelation that he and his estranged wife have reconciled after living apart for more than four years.
And while his reunion with his wife, actress Christine Taylor, during the initial COVID-19 lockdown has the stuff of Hollywood film, not all of his family confessionals during an interview with Esquire are feel good stories, for him at least.
It turns out his now 19-year-old daughter Ella has called him out for not being present enough in her life during her more formative younger years.
Open book: Ben Stiller, 56, opened up about his family life in new interview with Esquire
‘She’s pretty articulate about it, and sometimes it’s stuff that I don’t want to hear. It’s hard to hear,’ the Reality Bites star and director shared during his sit down.
‘Because it’s me not being there in the ways that I saw my parents not being there. And I had always thought, Well I won’t do that.’
Stiller, 56, continued: But then it’s that thing that, like, I was trying to navigate my own desire to fulfill the hopes and dreams I had, too. And that doesn’t feel great, but it’s important to acknowledge.’
The Meet The Parents star’s parents were Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, famous in their own right as a comedic duo. The Seinfeld and King Of Queens actor died in Mat 2020 at the age of 92, while his wife of more than 60 years passed away five years earlier at 85.
Personal confession: Stiller revealed his 19-year-old daughter Ella has called him out for not being present enough in her life during her more formative younger years
In fact, Stiller has been working on a documentary about his parents, in hopes of showcasing their brilliance, humor, generosity, and struggles, although the project is still another year away from being completed.
As for being a parent to his own children: Ella and and son Quinlin, 16, that can only be enhanced by moving back in with his family amid his reunion with Taylor.
The sparks between the two were seemingly reignited after the former couple agreed it would be best that they live together during quarantine in 2020.
‘Then, over the course of time, it evolved,’ the actor and comedian said, adding, ‘We were separated and got back together and we’re happy about that. It’s been really wonderful for all of us. Unexpected, and one of the things that came out of the pandemic.’
Reunited! The actor and director also revealed he has reunited with his wife, actress Christine Taylor, after they moved in together during the initial COVID-19 lockdown
Being apart from his kids, whether it be due to his professional ambitions or his initial split with his wife in 2017 after 17 years of marriage, has had a lasting impact on Stiller and the family.
‘What I’ve learned is that your kids are not keeping score on your career,’ he confessed.
‘It would be solipsistic to think that my kids actually care about that. They just want a parent who’s emotionally present and supportive of them. That’s probably what they want more than for me to be going off and pushing the bounds of my creativity.’
For his newest project, Stiller is staying behind the camera as director of the thriller series Severance, which premiered on Apple TV+ February 18.
‘She’s pretty articulate about it, and sometimes it’s stuff that I don’t want to hear. It’s hard to hear,’ Stiller said of his daughter blasting him for not being there enough during her younger years; the family is picture in February 2016
The show stars Adam Scott, Zach Cherry, Britt Lower, Tramell Tillman, Jen Tullock, Dichen Lachman, Michael Chernus, as well as more veteran names such as John Turturro, Christopher Walken and Patricia Arquette.
The thriller is set at the mysterious company Lumen Industries, where workers on a specific floor can decide to undergo a ‘severance’ procedure that turns the ‘work/life balance’ into a reality and severs the two categories.
‘Being able to go to work and forget everything about your life. Do your work, come out, and then forget everything that happened in work. The questions that brings up of why we’re doing the work we do – why we spend our time in life busying ourselves and what the meaning of it all is – those greater questions are addressed in the metaphor of the show,’ Stiller revealed about the premise of Severance during an interview with the NY Post.
At the helm: For his newest project, Stiller is staying behind the camera as director of the thriller series Severance, which premiered on Apple TV+ February 18