Ben Stiller is well known for his career as both an actor and a director. But apparently, his roles as husband and father have been an equally meaningful journey in his life. The actor opened up in an interview with Parade Magazine about falling in love and starting a family.
As a way to celebrate Stiller's new movie, "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty," Parade asked the actor about the important adventures in his own life. Stiller explained that love hit him quicker than he expected when he started dating actress Christine Taylor.
"[Christine and my] relationship was a gradual thing that happened over a quick period of time, maybe seven or eight months. We just started hanging out with each other and it developed into, ‘Wow, this feels great. I really like this person. I think I love this person. I really do -– I love this person.’ It hit me out of the blue,” he described.
When Stiller proposed to Taylor, he was working on "Meet the Parents" and found laughable similarities between his life and his character's. "I asked her father for permission before I did it," he recalled of his proposal. "It was like 'Meet the Parents' in real life, because Christine’s father is an intimidating guy who owns a security company; we’re good friends now, but at the time I was in the basement rec room saying, ‘I really would like to marry your daughter …’ He’s a man of few words but he was very welcoming. I was more nervous asking him than asking her …"
The actor seems to have a comical outlook on many of his memories. He told Parade about his experience with having his children, now 8 and 11 years old. "When your wife is pregnant for nine months, you get used to the idea of pregnancy. Obviously, you know where it’s leading, but it almost becomes this abstract idea; and then suddenly the next time you go back to the house, you have another person living with you. Who you’ve just met."
Looking at his children now, Stiller says he's just wondering "how they became so well adjusted."
Read Ben Stiller's full interview in Parade Magazine.