Dean Cain Reveals Why He Left California 

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Dean Cain Reveals Why He Left California 

By Movieguide® Contributor 

SUPERMAN star Dean Cain revealed he left California because of the state’s politics in an interview with Fox News.

Last May, the actor sold his $6.25 million home in Malibu, California, and relocated to Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Governments can ruin an area. And that’s what’s going on in California,” Cain shared.  

“My home in Malibu was going to be my forever home,” he recalled. “That was where I was going to die, and everything was going to be just fine. You can’t beat the weather. And I had a lovely house with the most incredible views.”

But because of the politics, Cain decided to leave.

“What is happening under [Democratic California Gov.] Gavin Newsom and the Democratic leadership in the House, in Congress — people I did not vote for. People did in California vote for it. I didn’t. But it’s the most ridiculous large government, incredible taxation, horrible regulations for business. Very anti-business. The personal income tax is 13 — the highest levels — 13, 13.2, whatever it happens to be,” he explained.

But it’s not just the income tax that’s debilitating for many Californians. 

“You’re getting hit with the highest gas tax in the nation. Sales tax, food tax, energy tax, natural gas tax. It’s as though they’re trying to tax people out of there,” Cain added.

“The policies are just terrible. The fiscal policies, the soft-on-crime policies, the homelessness policies,” he said in June. “The things that our leaders in California have been doing have driven out anybody who can really afford to get out. People are flocking out of there in droves.”

Cain also slammed AB 957, a bill that could remove a child from their parent’s custody if they do not “affirm” their identity.

“If I were to end up in a custody case with somebody over an adolescent child who thought they were…like my son thought he was a bird, he wanted to be a bird when he was young. And if I didn’t affirm his ‘birdness,’ they might have tried to take that child away from me. Which is some of the crazy things that are going on in California when it comes to that, when it comes to schools,” he explained.

Soon after his move, Cain shared, “[it’s a] smart move…my son is ten times happier here in Las Vegas. If I wanted to do anything out of Malibu, it took me 45 minutes to an hour to get anywhere. Here, the longest I’m driving is 20 minutes.”

Fatherhood is important to the actor, and as an outspoken Christian, Cain previously shared that the birth of his son, who is now 23, brought him to faith. 

“Where I really found faith was becoming a parent,” he told Alabama Life. “When my son was born, just witnessing the miracle of birth, and then all of a sudden there’s this person on the planet that I care about more than myself.” 

“My faith just gets stronger as I get older, the more I learn, the more I know and the more I understand, and the more I understand that some things aren’t understandable. That’s really been my journey,” Cain concluded. 

Movieguide® previously reported on Cain: 

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.”