Check out these need-to-know facts about actor Jason Bateman.
He’s left his days of drugs and booze safely in the past, but actor Jason Bateman has somewhat of a wild past. Oh, and he’s pals with Jennifer Aniston…
Talent runs in the family
Not only is Jason’s dad the actor, writer and director Kent Bateman, but his older sister Justine Bateman was known in the 80s for her role as Mallory Keaton on US sitcom Family Ties. What’s more, Jason’s father-in-law is pop legend Paul Anka, who rose to fame in the 60s.
Jason’s pretty pally with Jennifer Aniston, 46, after they met during a ski trip in their early twenties, and he’s revealed that they’ve ‘always gotten along well’. They’ve worked together on four films: Horrible Bosses, Horrible Bosses 2, The Switch and The Break-Up. So why Jen? Jason jokes: ‘Well, I’ve got a great deal of dirt on Ms Aniston, and as long as she continues to hire me for her projects, I will not show the pictures.’
He started young
Jason, now 46, has enjoyed a pretty spectacular career, which began in 1981 when he was just 12 years old, playing James Cooper Ingalls in Little House On The Prairie. The following year, the rising star bagged a part in sitcom Silver Spoons, showcasing his comedic talents and, by the time he was 18, he’d directed three episodes of US comedy The Hogan Family. Jason’s opened up about his years as a young actor, admitting that the 90s were fairly wild. ‘My parents were out of town, they left me a bunch of money, the car and the house, and I didn’t know when they were coming home. I’d worked so hard that by the time I was 20, I wanted to play hard. And I did that really well,’ he admits.
Jason was 32 when he tied the knot with childhood friend Amanda Anka in 2001. Marriage encouraged the actor to tone down his partying and more than 10 years has now passed since he’s had a drink. ‘It was just a natural progression of growing. You do certain things in your twenties that are not appropriate in your thirties and certainly not appropriate in your forties,’ he’s said. ‘And, quite honestly, the woman I was in love with was not really that tolerant of it, so I turned it off.’
He doesn’t want his kids acting
Jason and Amanda have two daughters Francesca, eight, and Maple, three. Despite his own incredible acting career, he doesn’t want Francesca opting for the same profession. ‘She’ll never get anywhere near a Screen Actors Guild card,’ he’s said. ‘It’s a real shitty way to make a living because you can have all the ambition and work ethic and discipline in the world and not be guaranteed employment.’
Jason’s even admitted to reading much of what gets written about him online. He admits that he puts Google alerts on every search result relating to him. ‘I get swamped with Google alerts,’ he says. ‘I’ll also put out a Google alert on The Change-Up or anything else I happen to be in. I read the comments, I don’t care, I’m a big boy and I’ve got a thick skin.’
Early to bed…
Now that he’s a dad, Jason admits: ‘The slippers are on at, like, 5.30pm and I like to be an hour into my sleep by 9pm. I like to go to bed early because Maple doesn’t know how to talk good, she’s up at 6am trying to learn how to speak better and I’ve got to listen to it.’
Jason loves to stay active and runs four to six miles at a time. ‘I used to run outdoors for years but I recently got a treadmill, so I do my running at home now. There’s better TV,’ says Jason, who sips on a coffee before working out and also makes sure he goes for a ‘poop’ first. Err, lovely.
Loves having ‘me time’
Jason’s just like the rest of us, trying to ensure that he incorporates some relaxing moments into his busy life. ‘I love a massage. I’d go every day if I could,’ he admits. ‘I don’t need to be wrapped in herbs like a salmon fillet but I do love a massage.’
We couldn’t agree more!
He’s been under the knife
Filming of US TV sitcom Arrested Development was put on hold in 2005 after Jason underwent surgery to remove a benign polyp, a non-cancerous fleshy growth, in his throat. Ouch!
He’s made a mint
Jason’s said to worth around £19 million these days, but even in his younger acting
days in the 90s, he and his big sister Justine were earning enough to support their parents. This, he admits: ‘got a little complicated, a little confusing, but ultimately something I turned into a positive.’