During a recent episode of Dax Shepard's Armchair Expert podcast, he bonded with Justin Timberlake over their shared fear that their kids' lives will be affected by their public careers. Not only are Shepard and Timberlake very much in the public eye, but their spouses—Kristen Bell and Jessica Beil, respectively—are also famous actresses.
While chatting with Timberlake, Shepard revealed that he's even instructed his kids not to tell their friends at school that Bell voices Princess Anna in the beloved Disney movie Frozen. He was particularly concerned about the situation when their community put on a theatrical take on the animated film. "I had to tell my daughters, I'm like, you cannot tell anyone in this thing that your mom is Princess Anna," Shepard recalled "And I know you're proud, and you should be able to say that, but I'm just warning you that will probably make other kids jealous and they won't know how to handle that feeling."
Shepard added that he fears his daughters, Lincoln and Delta, will have a hard time making genuine friendships because he and Bell are famous actors. "I have a great fear that kids are gonna hangout with them solely because of that, or resent them because of that," he explained. "To me, the two options both seem terrible. Either they're gonna have fake friends or they're gonna have people hate them for no reason."
Timberlake sympathized with Shepard's concerns as his son, Silas, has already been confronted about his dad's career at school. "We have the same thing where the kids at school with my 5-year-old are like, 'Your dad is Branch from Trolls,' " Timberlake told Shepard. "I guess for guys like us, the hope is that we just keep instilling in them that we've got really fun jobs but it's not who we are. And hopefully, down the road that has more weight to it."
"It's just a lot to unpack," Timberlake continued. "I try to be conscious of making sure we can live a life where we're not weirdly private, but we're conscious of making sure they can be kids for as long as possible and not have the way of somebody else treating them differently because of something that their parents do."