Ben Affleck loves acting, but he knows the downside too well to let his kids dive in head first.
The “Justice League” star appeared at the AutFest International Film Festival in Orange County just 10 days after filing for divorce from Jennifer Garner. Affleck, 44, attended a Q&A at the first annual film festival dedicated to autism awareness, where he was honoured for his role as an action hero with autism in “The Accountant”.
During the Q&A, the actor said he wasn’t sure whether he would want his children — Violet, 11, Seraphina, 8, and Samuel, 5, — to follow in his footsteps. “I think it’s a hard thing. I love being an actor, I got into it as a child and I wouldn’t change that,” he said. “But I also wouldn’t want to take my kids and push them out there before they were 18.”
“If they are 18 and they want to make those choices and do that kind of thing, that’s fine. But being a child actor, I just know too much of the downside of what that can be like.”
He explained how “I had some great rewards, and I probably wouldn’t have made it as an adult had I not built up that body of work as a kid, so it’s a strange thing. My kids would be good in the school play. If they can handle that, they’re in good shape.”
Affleck’s first acting credit dates back to 1981 and he said “thick skin” has helped him reach the top. “You know you have to have a certain thickness of skin in this business because success and failure, as a performer, are really two sides of the same coin,” the “Argo” star continued.
“You’re putting yourself out there and being evaluated, and it doesn’t go one way, all the way, every time.”
Affleck will next star in the superhero ensemble, “Justice League”, alongside Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, and more!