Chris O’Donnell: Family Over Fame
The actor tells Redbook magazine why he chose one over the other.
Perhaps the majority of Hollywood should take a look at Chris O’Donnell – he has both a (seemingly happy) family life, with a wife and five children, and a nice, cozy career as the star of NCIS: Los Angeles. But how did he do it? Where are the tabloid rumors, the paparazzi chasing him down, the damaging gossip stories?
Well, according to O’Donnell, his life could’ve gone in that direction. He had the chance to become much more famous, but he says he chose family instead.
O’Donnell says in the June issue of Redbook, “The only time it got really crazy was during Batman. Anywhere I went in the world, people knew who I was. I was being offered these huge films that would have taken my career to a different level, and I decided to put on the brakes. I knew if I continued on that track, I probably wouldn’t have gotten married.”
“I knew when I got into this business I couldn’t have it both ways: I could live the playboy lifestyle, which is not a bad thing to do, or have a traditional family life, which is how I grew up. And that was more important to me.”
Robert Pattinson, Jake Gyllenhaal, and all the other guys who are hot in Hollywood right now, are you listening? If a private and successful love life is what you want, you can have it – but you better be prepared to say buh-bye to all those tempting movie roles and your name in the spotlight! (Redbook)