Hollywood Actor Robert Downey Jr. is probably having the best year of his life. Not only is he back on his game when it comes to his career with a recent string of successful movies, but he’s also enjoying fatherhood and taking one day at a time in stride.
The “Avengers” actor opens up in the latest issue of Esquire Magazine where he talks about how “terrified” he felt during his son Exton’s birth and what fatherhood means to him these days. Here are some highlights from his interview:
On his son’s birth: ”There was all this trepidation, all this projection, all this anticipation and goodwill and a good vibe about it. But what you’re squeezing to the side — or what’s in the glove box — is these thousands of forms of fear. And then he was born and they’ve all just kind of scattered now. It seems like he’s always been here.”
On being a good parent: ”Am I going to know what to do with them? Does any new parent, even if you’re not a first-time parent, ever really know what to do? Only thing you have to do, the only requirement, if you can hack it, is to not transfer your own discomfort in the moment to this fresh soul, right? You got to be mindful.”
On fatherhood: ”Every dad casts a shadow, you know? And that shadow is you’re disappointed, you’re resentful, or you feel so supported and loved you don’t understand why life is so hard anyway. Or, you know, it’s so long and so dark that you can never step out of it, so you might as well not even try. Right? So hero to me is not applicable to the human experience.”
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