Michael Douglas praat over dating voor kinderen, deelt advies van zijn 102-jarige vader, Kirk Douglas

Michael Douglas praat over dating voor kinderen, deelt advies van zijn 102-jarige vader, Kirk Douglas


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Charles Trepany USA TODAY

Published 8:33 PM EDT Oct 14, 2019

Like many dads, Michael Douglas has strong opinions about his kids dating.

The 75-year-old star of “The Kominsky Method” opened up to ET about being a protective father, the baffling world of teen relationships and the best piece of advice his famous dad, Kirk Douglas, ever gave him.

In the interview published Monday, Douglas revealed 16-year-old daughter Carys is “looking for love.”

“She’s not fessed up yet to having a boyfriend,” he said. “She’s on the lookout. She’s looking around.”

The Academy Award winner, who shares two children with his wife, actress Catherine Zeta-Jones, said he’s often given his kids dating advice – whether they’ve asked for it or not.  

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“I give a lot of unsolicited advice, which is not a great idea, but I can’t help myself,” he said. “With dating, you gotta decide at an early age if you are more concerned about the looks versus who’s got a good heart, who’s got a good sense of humor, who’s gonna be a good partner.”

In addition to describing what he wants his kids to look for in who they date, Douglas also explained that watching his children make friends with members of the opposite sex took him by surprise.

“My eldest (with Zeta-Jones) is 19, and they start like, ‘Can I invite so and so over for a sleepover, a bunch of us?’ ” Douglas said. “And they invite girls. … ‘Wait, wait, wait, what’s going on?’ and he’s like, ‘Oh no, dad, they’re friends. Come on, we’re friends.’ “

Douglas added: “It’s beautiful to watch, actually. I mean, me with my paranoid images and then seeing these kids get along.”

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Douglas also shared the best advice he ever got from his dad, 102(!)-year-old Kirk Douglas.

“Whatever you do in life, just do it to your utmost ability,” Douglas said his dad would tell him. “Do it with full commitment, and then, screw it. If it doesn’t work out, move on. But, you know, you left it with the idea that there is nothing more you could have done.”As for his own daughter dating, the actor said he isn’t too concerned.

“I don’t worry too much about this,” he said. “She’s in good shape.”

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