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VIDEO: Ben Affleck Reveals Why He Would 'Discourage' His Kids from Acting

VIDEO: Ben Affleck Reveals Why He Would 'Discourage' His Kids from Acting

Ben Affleck is opening up about the downsides of fame and why he doesn’t want his children to get caught up in it.

The 44-year-old actor says he would “discourage” his and Jennifer Garner‘s kids – Violet, 10, Seraphina, 7, and Samuel, 4 – from getting into acting.

“I wouldn’t allow them to do it until they’re 18, and once they were 18, they can do whatever they want to do, but I would discourage it,” he told Extra‘s Mario Lopez.

“Overnight, I went from somebody no one ever heard of, to somebody that gets recognized on the street and could get a table at a restaurant,” Ben added, reflecting on his own journey. “I was 24 years old and it was a confusing time. I’ve got three kids now, and it’s a whole long road later. I have a much better perspective on it all, although it still can be confusing and difficult to deal with. There’s no map to it, you’ve just got to figure it out on your own.”

Watch the interview below.

Ben Affleck – Extra With Mario Lopez

See what else Ben had to share about some of his past troubles growing up in the Hollywood spotlight here.

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  • tom

    Is he saying he didn’t enjoy being recognized and treated like royalty? If he could go back in time i bet he wouldn’t change a thing.

  • Hrundi Bakshi

    If he could go way back in time, at least he’d have his family’s slaves to help around the house.

  • Loather

    Oh, how bad and harmful can be being a filmstar! Then why do you do it?
    But the millions and the luxury life is good, of course….

  • Soured

    It’s alaways make me laught when celebrity say after fighting to be where they are “I’ll not let my kids be in this world” … Bitch if you hate it so much why are you still acting? Go in a fucking island where nobody will give a fuck about you! … Oh wait … NOBODY already give a fuck about you!

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