How Dean Cain Prioritizes Family: ‘You Learn Patience, Sacrifice, Unconditional Love’
By Movieguide® Staff
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.
“You know, I grew up around a lot of actors – people like Chris Penn, Sean Penn, Rob Lowe, Charlie Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Holly Robinson – but I didn’t think about becoming an actor myself. I went to college instead; I was a History major at Princeton,” Cain told Wide Open Country. “But I had actually done a number of films beforehand because my father was a director and I learned a lot just by being on set. Every job that ever had to be done on set, I would do: being a gopher, getting coffee, working in the edit room, holding the boom – I did all sorts of jobs, and so I came to understand the process of filmmaking. I was raised around film.”
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.