Remember when Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid were a thing???
Unfortunately, it didn't work out for the pair who split in 1997 — and now their son Jack Quaid is opening up about what it was like going through the divorce of his parents at the young age of five.
The 23-year-old said on the Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss podcast earlier this week:
"It's one of those weird ages for your parents to get divorced. You're old enough to know what's going on, but young enough to be kind of naïve about it. It's a whole deal."
Of course any breakup is difficult when children are involved — and we can imagine it can be even more challenging when your family is in the spotlight:
"It's hard to ignore when you're at a grocery story and you're checking out and you look at [magazines], and there's a photo of them with a little paper rip graphic between them. It's a hard deal."
We can see that.
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Now Jack is a successful actor in his own right, and looking back he has nothing but love for his famous family:
"I acknowledge fully the way that I grew up was not normal. But at the same time, it was normal in the sense that despite what my parents do, they are still a mom and a dad. It's not like they are their characters at the dinner table or anything like that."
The Hunger Games star continued:
"It's not like I want to escape from it. I'm a huge fan of both of their work – really, I'm a big fan. The thing that's nice about it, something that I'm really grateful to have, is they share this enthusiasm for telling stories and acting."
On being compared to the acting careers of Meg and Dennis, he admitted that sometimes he does feel like he lives in their shadow:
"It's always going to be kind of in the air. At this point, yeah people might make comparisons, and I also get that it's interesting."
As for his new gig on Vinyl, he feels like things are really starting to kick off for his life as an actor:
"I'm really happy. It's a cool job. If I had parents who weren't actors, I'd still be over the moon to have this job."
But it doesn't hurt to have connections, that's for sure!
[Image via WENN.]
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