Over the last few years, Christian Bale has had a lot to say about the extra responsibilities that come along with being a famous actor. In the December 2010 issue of Esquire, he confessed that it’s “embarrassing to be a star”. So it shouldn’t be surprising to hear that the 36-year-old father has banned his daughter from acting before she’s mature enough to understand what that comes with it.
“That wasn’t for me at all. Some people can deal with it, but I found it to be a complete pain in the a**e and embarrassing,” Bale said. “Also, there was the annoying notion of everyone going, ‘Ah, you should know better’ when I was done for shoplifting. But, no, I shouldn’t have known better. There was no reason I should. I could have done without that side of things. It was nice to go traveling and have those experiences (filming movies), but look, if anyone in my family – my nieces or my daughter – wanted to start at that age, I’d absolutely believe in and support their dreams, but I would tell them, ‘No b***dy way – not professionally’.”
Bale’s first on-screen role came in Steven Spielberg‘s 1987 war drama, Empire of the Sun, when he was 13 years old. He doesn’t want his daughter Emmeline, who is five, to miss out on the anonymity of being a youngster. Movies, acting, and all of that can wait a bit.
“It’s just too young. You need to be anonymous at that age, you need to go and get into all sorts of trouble and not have anyone know who you are. It’s ruined when everyone knows who you are.”Read More