Star Turn: Steve Carell
The affable actor is back as the diabolical villain turned doting dad, Gru, in Despicable Me 3. So how does the real-life father of two manage his teenage minions, John and Elisabeth Anne?
“In the ’80s I wore my share of shoulder pads and parachute pants—though I deny it.”
“You don’t want to dash your kids’ dreams, but at the same time you want to give them a dose of reality. My wife Nancy and I find that mitigating those two elements is always a little tough.”
“When I was about 10, I dressed up like an alien for dinner to embarrass my brother, who’d brought a girlfriend over. I put on a motorcycle helmet with a flashing light on top. The strangest part of the story, really, is that no one at the table even acknowledged that anything was different.”
“My backup plan was to be a teacher. I like the environment, and I had teachers who were so great to me. It’s one of those professions that I don’t think gets nearly enough credit.”
“My daughter has her learner’s permit, and our one-on-one moments are when we go for a drive. We just talk, and it’s not me saying, ‘Turn left, turn right.’ It’s a sweet, sort of intimate low-key sharing time.”
My Favorite Things
- As a family, we really loved Stranger Things. We don’t watch a ton of TV, but we heard that was a great series. I kind of had to be convinced, but once we got into it, we were hooked.”
- “I like Lady Gaga. I like Bruno Mars and all the stuff the kids are listening to. It’s funny—I’ll torment my daughter Annie by asking questions about what’s on the radio but I actually know.
- I just like to pretend that I don’t.”
- “My kids still love Despicable Me. It’s a part of their childhood.”
Photos: (Carell) Maarten de Boer/Contributor/Getty, (Gru) Alamy.