“I’ve told them to be ready for rejection”: Unlike Other Hollywood Nepo Babies, Marvel Star Michael Douglas Said His Starpower Won’t Help His Kids in Hollywood

Unlike Other Hollywood Nepo Babies, Marvel Star Michael Douglas Said His Starpower Won’t Help His Kids in Hollywood
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Michael Douglas’s approach to parenting is unique in Hollywood, where nepotism is common, and children of famous actors often have their way with little effort. Unlike many Hollywood “nepo babies,” Douglas has clarified that his children will not automatically benefit from his star power. Douglas gave his two children, Dylan Douglas and Carys Douglas, sound advice about the acting business.

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Michael Douglas Shares A Life Lesson

Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas

Drawing on his own experience in the business, Michael Douglas is well aware of the challenges and setbacks of trying to make it big in the entertainment industry. Michael Douglas is the son of Hollywood icon Kirk Douglas, but he still had to overcome many challenges on his way to the top.

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Having experienced rejection firsthand, he can teach his children an invaluable lesson about perseverance and determination.

Michael Douglas with his children
Michael Douglas with his children

When Dylan and Carys expressed an interest in acting, Douglas gave them some honest advice, which he detailed in an interview with Variety in 2015.

“My son and my daughter both want to be in the business. They both want to act and I’ve told them to be ready for rejection. That’s the one part I always warn everybody starting out in the business. You have to be able to take a hit and keep on going no matter what. It’s hard, but you have to deal with it because it’s going to happen. I experienced lots of rejection in my career and it’s never easy. You have to keep on going and someone will say yes.”

During the luncheon, Douglas discussed his experiences with cancer and shared his thoughts on the entertainment industry. About five years ago, he came clean about being diagnosed with tongue cancer.

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Michael Douglas Keeps Shining On

Michael Douglas with his family
Michael Douglas with his family

The actor went through a year of misdiagnoses and uncertainty before learning he had stage 4 cancer. However, with the help of a rigorous radiation and chemotherapy treatment plan, Douglas was able to triumph over his illness.

Michael Douglas continues to shine as an example of honesty and diligence in a field where family connections can be helpful. His words of wisdom to his kids and all aspiring actors everywhere were to be resilient and to learn to deal with rejection.

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Douglas’s career reflects his dedication to the craft as a whole. His accomplishments have substance and authenticity. Moreover, his journey, which includes a successful fight against cancer, can be an example to his fans and others in the industry,

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Michael Douglas’s legacy will live on through his extensive filmography and his commitment to inspiring the next generation of actors to work hard and embrace the industry’s challenges.

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Source: Variety

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Mabel, aka MJ, is a FandomWire Sr. Writer, pop-culture fanatic, and an MA in Health Demography holder. When she's not indulging in her guilty pleasure of penning everything Hollywood, Marvel & DC, she writes academic essays on COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS. With 2500+ articles published online, she brings a unique twist to entertainment writing. A jack-of-all-trades, MJ enjoys movies, writes/acts in plays, writes music, and dreams of being a successful actress. She offers a fresh perspective, making her writing a must-read for those seeking knowledge and entertainment.