Stars Who Ban Family Members from Watching Their Movies
by Jennifer Lafferty
While many actors don’t seem to have any problem doing movies featuring nudity, profanity, or violence, they don’t necessarily want their children, parents, or other family members to watch them in these edgy films. After all, who wants Grandma to see them do a sex scene?
Julia Roberts thought her 7-year-old twins and 4-year-old son were too young to see her playing the evil queen in 2012’s Mirror Mirror. But they weren’t allowed to watch any of her movies, including those where she played likable characters.
Mayim Bialik has become a little more lenient about her two sons watching her on TV, but still bans The Big Bang Theory—which is understandable considering the raunchier moments, like Sheldon and Amy finally consummating their relationship.
Kristen Bell’s 2-year-old daughter Lincoln was one of the very few American children who was banned from seeing Frozen. She and husband Dax Shepard wanted to delay exposing Lincoln to TV so she could develop her imagination muscles.
Seeing their dad with a cute, cuddly teddy bear made it hard for Mark Wahlberg’s kids to understand why they can’t watch the Ted franchise. The actor said: “I’m like, ‘the Teddy has a potty mouth.'”
Amanda Seyfried didn’t want her father seeing her nude body in 2013’s Lovelace, saying she would cover his eyes. Anyone can sympathize with that, but you shouldn’t play a porn star unless you’re cool with everyone seeing it.
Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann
In 2009 Leslie Mann said her children weren’t allowed to watch the frequently outrageous movies she does with filmmaker husband Judd Apatow. Mann even worried about the neighbors watching, afraid they’d come across as “some pot-smoking family.”
Although Megan Fox does let her two sons watch movies, they won’t be able to see her on TV because she thinks television is too stimulating and very overwhelming. Fox also said she doesn’t watch TV herself.
Of all Jack Black’s films, his children have seen only the kid-friendly Kung Fu Panda franchise. He specifically thinks his projects with comedy rock band Tenacious D., like the movie The Pick of Destiny, are too adult.
Known for some edgy flicks, Julianne Moore admits that most of her movies are not for kids, so when she made The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, her children were excited they could finally see their mom in film.
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas
Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas’s two kids are now teenagers, but there was a time when Jones didn’t want them to see her movies. And the couple thought Douglas’s films were a little too racy.
Just because Bob Odenkirk costarred on Breaking Bad didn’t make him any more permissive than millions of other parents about letting their young kids watch the show. Odenkirk resisted exposing his kids to the violent and drug-filled environment.
The experience of filming Fifty Shades of Grey disturbed Jamie Dornan, and he doesn’t want his daughter to watch the movie. Dakota Johnson, who seemed strangely anxious for her mom to watch, later admitted she’s uncomfortable with her family seeing it.
Stephen “tWitch” Boss
While Stephen “tWitch” Boss was nervous about his wife seeing Magic Mike XXL, he actually banned his grandparents and in-laws from watching the male stripper film, explaining: “I don’t need Christmas dinner conversations about G-strings and thongs.”
Naomi Watts & Liev Schreiber
Naomi Watts and partner Liev Schreiber have two sons together, and while Watts is careful to not let their kids watch too many movies, Schreiber is concerned about the boys perceiving the currency of their work as fame or celebrity.
They’ve seen the irreverent Mike & Molly, but Melissa McCarthy’s two young daughters with Ben Falcone were banned from her film Identity Thief in 2013; and she said it would be a while before they saw the raunchy Bridesmaids.