Now that Robert Downey Jr.’s life has turned around for the better, he is enjoying his success as one of Hollywood’s go-to actors and his life as a dad at home. The “Avengers” actor opens up to Esquire magazine about how he felt “terrified” during his son Exton’s birth and his life as a father now.
Here are some highlights:
On his son’s birth: “There was all this trepidation, all this projection, all this anticipation and goodwill and a good vibe about it. But what you’re squeezing to the side — or what’s in the glove box — is these thousands of forms of fear. And then he was born and they’ve all just kind of scattered now. It seems like he’s always been here.”
On being a good parent: “Am I going to know what to do with them? Does any new parent, even if you’re not a first-time parent, ever really know what to do? Only thing you have to do, the only requirement, if you can hack it, is to not transfer your own discomfort in the moment to this fresh soul, right? You got to be mindful.”
On fatherhood: “Every dad casts a shadow, you know? And that shadow is you’re disappointed, you’re resentful, or you feel so supported and loved you don’t understand why life is so hard anyway. Or, you know, it’s so long and so dark that you can never step out of it, so you might as well not even try. Right? So hero to me is not applicable to the human experience.”
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