Molly Ringwald Won't Let Her Kids Become Child Stars
Former child star Molly Ringwald is determined to keep her kids out of show business until they finish college - because she doesn't want them to follow in her footsteps until they are adults.
The Breakfast Club star landed her first TV role at the age of 11 in sitcom Diff'rent Strokes and went on to find fame in John Hughes' 1984 movie Sixteen Candles, which propelled her into the spotlight.
She now has three children, Mathilda, six, and eight-month-old twins Adele and Roman, with her husband Panio Gianopolous, and she's adamant they won't begin their own careers until they have completed their education.
She tells Britain's OK! Magazine, "Mathilda is very willful, headstrong and very intelligent, but so far she's shown no interest in being on stage. I think she's more of a behind-the-scenes person. That could change after college and all that. If she wants to do it, I would support her, but after college. Not as a child. I think that it's hard having grown up in the business. I think it's something I wouldn't want for my own children. If they want to do it later, that's great. But I think I just want them to be kids."
"I think that that's the best thing that anyone can have, whether they're an actor or not. That's what I want to have for my own family. Show business is very hard for anyone, but particularly for kids. I think without that strong family background, it's very challenging."
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