Dean Cain Puts Family First: ‘I Would Never Change What I’ve Done in Terms of Being a Father Vs. a Career’
By Movieguide® Contributor
Dean Cain recently shared insight into his decision to put fatherhood first, and how that sacrifice affected his Hollywood career.
The actor shared custody of his son, Christopher, with ex-girlfriend Samantha Torres from 2003 to 2011. In 2011, he was awarded sole custody of their son.
“It affected my career like I can’t even explain. I turned down being one of, if not the highest-paid actor on television, for a show that ended up going six years,” Cain shared of his decision to full-time parent his son.
“The contract was very attractive,” the actor admitted. “But I was in the middle of a custody dispute, so I could either be a father or take that job. It took me a split second, not even a split second.”
Cain’s own experience as an adoptee influenced his decision to put his son before his career.
“As soon as I was presented the choice, it was like, ‘I’m going to be a dad,'” he explained. “My father adopted me when I was 4, and I know how important that was for my life.”
He continued, “Nothing in my life has been as big a factor as having my father there to raise me. Fathers in the home is such a huge, important issue here in America and all throughout the world. The statistics bear out how much more likely a kid is, especially a son, to be in jail or in trouble without a father in the household.
“And I just think it’s hugely important, and I would never change what I’ve done in terms of being a father vs. a career,” Cain concluded.
Movieguide® previously reported on Cain’s commitment to family:
Since Dean Cain’s role as the iconic comic book character Superman in the ’90s TV show LOIS & CLARK, the actor has become a hallmark of conservative values in Hollywood. The actor, director and writer’s heart for moral and faith-based movies like GOD’S NOT DEAD and FAITH UNDER FIRE is a breath of fresh air for many moviegoers.
Cain revealed that his upbringing in Hollywood helped him create compelling movies that champion faith and morality in a saturated market.
Despite Cain’s success in Hollywood, family is his priority.
“It’s just a balance between work and travel. And I have to balance it all times. [Son Christopher] comes with me on some of the shoots. I grew up the son of a director and grew up on sets myself, so I was the kid getting dragged around from this set to that set and I loved it. There’s something about it which is really interesting,” Cain said.
In a separate interview with Closer Weekly, Cain shared how being a single parent changed his life.
“Since I had full custody of my son and raised him myself, I couldn’t afford to be absent. There were times I had to miss a few things that he did and it was awful. But those are things you sometimes have to do,” Cain explained.
“What’s so wonderful about it is you’re no longer the most important person in the world, so you learn patience, sacrifice, unconditional love. It was the hardest job I’ve ever done but certainly the greatest,” he added.
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