Seth Rogen has become brutally honest about his childlessness
Seth Rogen and his wife Lauren Miller have been childless and happily married since 2011, and in a new interview, the actor spoke openly about not having children.
The Diary of a CEO podcast This week, Seth talked a lot about his long career and how he became one of Hollywood’s most beloved comedy writers – noting that having children “definitely” played a big part in his success.
“There’s one huge thing I’m not doing, and that’s raising kids,” she said.
In response, host Steven Bartlett asked Seth to consider the opposite side of the argument that parenthood could have made his and Lauren’s lives “happier” – prompting Seth to strongly disagree.
“I don’t think so,” he replied. “Obviously I’ve been around a lot of kids, I’m not ignorant of what it’s like. … Everyone I know has kids. I’m 40, you know? I know.”
“Some of my friends have had children for decades. Some people want children, some don’t,” he added, before suggesting that many people start their families before considering whether it’s really right for them.
“I mean, a lot of people have kids before they even think about it, from what I’ve seen honestly,” she said. “They just tell you that you go through life, you get married, you have kids — that’s what happens.”
Elaborating on his personal experience, Seth explained that having children was something neither he nor Lauren wanted, adding that as they got older, they became more confident in their decision.
“Me and my wife, neither of us was like that,” he said. “Honestly, the older we get, the happier and more empowered we are with our decision not to have children. It was something we talked about more and asked, “Did we make the right decision? We are sure?”
“Now more than anything, the conversation is, ‘Honestly, thank God we don’t have kids,'” she continued. “We can do what we want.”
“We are in the prime of our lives. We are smarter than ever. We understand ourselves better than ever. We have the ability to achieve a level of work and a level of communication and care for each other and a lifestyle that we can live with each other that we’ve never been able to live before, and we can and we don’t have to raise children – which the the world doesn’t need it now,” Seth concluded.
After the interview was published on Monday, fans showed their support for the Very bad writer, one person in the comment section praised his “authentic” and “genuine” answer.
“It’s so refreshing to hear someone say without shame or societal expectations that they don’t want children and are happy with their choice,” they commented.
Agreeing, others applauded her point, noting that they had similar experiences of childless marriage.
“It was so refreshing to hear her argue that she doesn’t have kids,” another user added. “My wife and I think and feel exactly the same. Come on Seth!”
“100% about the kids. My wife and I are actively enjoying not having them!” someone else echoed.
Apart from the praise, several people were there TikTok who noted that it’s actually quite rare for a man to not only give such a detailed answer, but to even question the fact that he doesn’t have children.
It goes without saying that women have long faced the public and invasive question of why they don’t have children, with many big names such as Miley Cyrus, Helen Mirrenand Ellen DeGeneres after earlier speaking out to quell speculation about their views on motherhood.
Oprah Winfrey, for example, often asked about not having children and prompts him to tell a Hollywood Reporter back in 2013, that if he had kids, they would “hate” him.
“Eventually he would have been his match Oprah show is talking about me because something [in my life] he should have suffered and it probably would have been them,” he said.
Similarly, Dolly Parton is another famous face who widely spoken about never having children he tells Oprah In 2020, he thought it was never for him.
“I didn’t have children because I believed that God didn’t want me to have children, that everyone’s children should be mine,” she said. “If I hadn’t been free to work, I wouldn’t have done everything I did. I wouldn’t be in a position to do all the things I’m doing now.”
Back in November, Jennifer Aniston admitted to her “challenging” fertility journey after decades of invasive speculation about her body and why she’s childless, telling Allure that the persistent questioning was “very hard” to deal with. with.
So, given that this line of questioning has been forced on women throughout history—both in the context of celebrity and in everyday life—people were almost surprised to see Seth confront the issue.
“I’m glad a man was asked this,” wrote one person, who has amassed more than 17,000 likes.
Other commenters responded, noting that this was actually the first time a man had been publicly questioned about their plans – or lack thereof – to have children.
“I’ve never seen a man talk about that,” someone added.
Of course, there were those who felt that no one should ever be in a position to have to justify having children, publicly or otherwise.
“I love everything you said,” one person commented, adding: “why should the childfree have to justify their choice?”
Another user called the question “condescending”, noting that people who have children are rarely held accountable for their decisions.
However, the majority of people felt that Seth’s response was refreshing and would help normalize people’s personal choices about parenthood.
“Yays! As a couple without children, we appreciate this type of conversation! 🥰” one person wrote.
“YES! That’s exactly how my husband and I feel. Normalize it. It’s amazing. 🙌” someone else agreed.