Method acting is a highly debated topic in Hollywood that does not suit everyone. It involves actors fully embodying the characters they portray, even off-camera, and has raised concerns about its impact on an individual’s mental state and personal life. Some actors have taken this approach too far, as exemplified by the list of 40+ actors who pushed the boundaries of method acting.
The movie Morbius is centered around a protagonist who suffers from an unusual blood ailment and inadvertently transforms himself into a vampire while striving to discover a remedy for his condition. Jared Leto portrays the lead character who relies on crutches to move about.
Regrettably, Jared’s commitment to method acting in preparation for the movie didn’t seem to have paid off as the movie received low ratings. To make matters worse, Leto’s efforts also caused him to fall out of favor with the production team.
During filming, Jared Leto made sure to portray his character’s disability by using crutches to move around the set, even when going to the bathroom. This caused a delay in production as it would take him 20 minutes to complete the round trip on crutches.
Finally, the director had to persuade Leto to use a wheelchair to go to the bathroom. However, the director was aware of Leto’s reputation for method acting, so it was expected.
The film Ray is frequently recognized as the movie that convinced Hollywood to view Jamie Foxx as a serious dramatic actor. In the movie, Jamie portrayed the role of Ray Charles, a visually impaired musician, and narrated his life story.
The film received exceptional feedback and Foxx’s performance was acknowledged with an Academy Award. However, it was not a simple experience for Foxx to portray a visually impaired character since he himself is not blind. Nevertheless, it cannot be denied that Foxx’s struggles were self-imposed.
To gain a deeper insight into the life of Ray, a visually-impaired individual, Jamie Foxx underwent a procedure where prosthetics were attached to his eyelids, rendering him unable to see. The actor endured 14 hours of blindness each day, an experience he described as “unsettling” and “claustrophobic.”
Foxx had experienced several panic attacks on set due to the situation being incredibly bad. What’s interesting is that Jamie’s coworkers would occasionally forget that he had a visual impairment, which is understandable since he typically has normal eyesight. As a result, they would occasionally leave him at the lunch table or other locations on set with the assumption that he could find his way back on his own.
The King’s Speech
The movie “The King’s Speech” is based on the true story of King George VI’s struggles to overcome his speech impediment in order to give a national address. Colin Firth portrays the role of King George VI in the movie, which received great acclaim and earned him an Oscar for his outstanding performance.
To accurately depict the character, Colin viewed recordings of the authentic King George’s speeches, but Firth became so involved with the role that he started altering his own speech mannerisms.
Colin Firth developed a speech impediment, too, as a result of imitating one for an extended period of time. He also endured migraines and a compressed nerve in his arm from modifying his talking. The performer clarified that he had to master how to stutter and then portray a character who is making an effort to conceal it.
My left arm became numb, which was strange. I may have been compressing a nerve or something. This resulted in an incomplete paralysis that persisted for three to four days.
Halle Berry had no prior acting experience before landing her first role in Jungle Fever, which is why she was determined to perfect her performance. The film revolves around a man who is considering having an extramarital relationship.
Despite not playing one of the leading roles, Halle’s portrayal of Vivian, a homeless woman, was widely acclaimed, and many believe she was the highlight of the show. While this performance helped Halle gain recognition, her approach to the role was considered quite radical.
It seems that Halle Berry purposely refrained from taking showers during the filming of Jungle Fever in order to gain a deeper understanding of the experience of living on the streets.
The actress admitted that when she first began acting, she had limited skills and had resorted to trying her best. During the eight weeks of filming, she had refrained from taking showers, except for certain body parts. She described the experience as unpleasant.
My Left Foot
The movie My Left Foot is a biographical depiction of Christy Brown, a person born with cerebral palsy who had the ability to utilize solely his left foot for painting and writing. Daniel Day-Lewis portrayed the character of Christy and won his very first Academy Award.
Until now, no other actor has been able to win three Best Actor Oscars, but Daniel has achieved this feat. The film was highly praised and received a remarkable five Oscar nominations, including the prestigious Best Picture award.
Daniel Day-Lewis, being a method actor, demanded to remain in a wheelchair while shooting My Left Foot, which didn’t come as a surprise. Daniel’s wheelchair needed to be carried over the shooting equipment, he asked people to feed him, and he acquired the skill to paint using his foot.
Sitting for extended periods in a bent position caused the actor to suffer two fractured ribs, but he remained undeterred. In fact, he went as far as insisting that everyone address him as Christy Brown and disregarded any other name.
Cape Fear can be considered one of Robert De Niro’s earlier films where he portrays a criminal who, post his release from jail, seeks vengeance from his attorney. This movie received outstanding feedback, and Robert’s acting in it was recognized with an Oscar nomination, which is not unusual for him.
In the movie, Max played by Robert, suffers from dental problems which results in his deformed teeth. De Niro, who prefers not to use artificial teeth, chose to handle the situation himself.
Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro spent $5,000 to alter his teeth instead of using dentures for the role of Max, by having them shaved down and sharpened to achieve his distinct smile.
Once filming had ended, Robert had his teeth restored to their initial condition which was an expensive $20,000, but with De Niro earning millions per film at the time, the expense was not a concern. He could easily have his teeth restored as many times as he desires.
Boys Don’t Cry
Hilary Swank’s debut as Brandon in Boys Don’t Cry earned her the prestigious Academy Award. The character portrays a transgender man navigating through various challenges, including finding love, in a society that still struggles to accept individuals with gender dysphoria.
Hilary gained recognition in Hollywood as a genuine talent due to her exceptional performance in the movie. However, it is important to mention that she feels remorseful about her role now and thinks that the character of Brandon should have been played by a trans actor.
Hilary Swank got ready for her audition as Brandon by assuming the appearance of a man a month earlier. She shortened her hair and used a chest binder to flatten her chest. She also put stockings in the front of her pants.
It is evident that Hilary succeeded since she not only landed the role but also convinced her neighbors that she was a man. Her neighbors assumed that a male relative was visiting her since “he” resembled her.
Mickey Rourke was selected to play the leading role of Randy “The Ram” in The Wrestler, which was an appropriate decision considering the striking similarities between Mickey’s own life and that of Randy.
The movie features The Ram, an aging professional wrestler who is faced with the difficult decision of retiring. The idea of leaving the wrestling world behind proves to be a significant challenge for him. Additionally, Mickey, a once-famous actor who had fallen out of the public’s eye, makes a comeback appearance in The Wrestler.
Mickey Rourke didn’t want to miss his chance to make a comeback, so he took his role in The Wrestler very seriously. He was very committed to his performance and insisted on doing all his own stunts, which led to him getting injured frequently while on set.
Rourke trained for a total of six months, lifting weights, eating six meals a day, and even training with an instructor from the Israeli army. Mickey didn’t mind doing whatever it took, though, as he explained, “This is my last chance, and I’m not going to get another.”
The cult classic Vampire’s Kiss is now best known as a meme, despite not many people being aware of where this iconic image stems from. In this movie, Nicolas Cage plays a man named Peter, who’s convinced that he’s turning into a vampire.
Although the film itself got mixed reviews, Nicolas’s performance was adored by the public. Given that the movie is quite… quirky, it makes sense that Cage had to simply embrace the madness while filming.
Nicolas Cage lived his life as a dark comedy while filming Vampire’s Kiss. The actor would get into character as Peter and then approach random people on the street, roping them into various movie scenes while they were unaware they were being filmed.
Furthermore, Nicolas actually ate a real cockroach in that unforgettable scene — he insisted that a fake just wouldn’t do the trick. People who worked with Cage called him “frighteningly devoted to his performance,” and “obsessive about the role.” Well, that’s method acting!
The Last King of Scotland
The Last King of Scotland stars Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin, a real-life political figure in Uganda. Given that Forest was playing a historical figure, the pressure was on in regards to giving a true-to-life performance.
Luckily, it seems that the actor was up to the task as he won an Oscar for his work and the movie itself was very well-received. However, Forest admits that this particular film took a lasting toll on him.
In order to prepare for his role in The Last King of Scotland, Forest Whitaker spent three and a half months in Uganda speaking with Idi Amin’s family and people who lived during his time of rule.
Forest also learned how to play the accordion and speak Swahili, since Idi had both those skills. Lastly, the actor gained a whopping 30 pounds in order to truly look like Amin, rather than wearing a body suit.
Monster tells the story of real-life serial killer Aileen Wuornos. Charlize Theron was challenged with the starring role, for which she won an Oscar. Charlize has always been vocal about her disdain for Hollywood prioritizing beauty over talent.
The actress continuously shows a willingness to sacrifice her appearance for the sake of being taken seriously. Monster was no exception and Theron clearly wasn’t going to waste her shot to be seen as more than just a pretty face.
Charlize Theron gained a whopping 30 pounds in order to play Aileen. She also bleached and partly shaved her eyebrows and purposely over-dyed and thinned her hair. Luckily, the actress was willing to wear prosthetic teeth for this role, rather than ruin her actual chompers.
Charlize explained, “She didn’t like her body. So, I wanted to get my body to a place, where I felt like, you know, naturally, I’m very athletic looking and I didn’t – I don’t know how I could have played that part with this body.”
Les Misérables tells the story of a man who escapes prison and ends up becoming the caretaker of a young girl. Anne Hathaway plays Fantine, the young girl’s mother, who suffers a difficult life before eventually passing away. The musical was adored around the world and earned Hathaway an Oscar.
However, the actress wasn’t very happy when receiving her award. Anne explained, “I kind of lost my mind doing that movie and it hadn’t come back yet.” That’s certainly a potential side effect of method acting…
An already slim Anne Hathaway lost 25 pounds in order to play Fantine, by keeping a diet of dried oatmeal paste for two weeks. The actress also shaved her head, despite the movie’s director and costume designer assuring Anne that she could wear a bald cap in the film.
As a result of everything she put her mind and body through, it took Hathaway some time to get back to herself after Les Misérables and she even took a break from acting.
The Pianist stars Adrien Brody as Holocaust survivor Wladyslaw Szpilman and depicts his struggles to survive. To date, this film remains one of the best-received movies about this difficult topic.
Adrien’s performance, in particular, is often considered to be one of the most harrowing of all time. In fact, Brody played this role so well that he not only won an Oscar but also bought him grace with Hollywood despite being in a series of flops immediately after The Pianist.
Given that he was playing a pianist, Adrien Brody learned how to play the piano for his role in The Pianist. That’s all fine and well, but the issue begins when Adrien used method acting to depict a Holocaust survivor.
Adrien also lost 30 pounds, despite already being rather slim. The actor also got rid of his apartment, car, and phone. By the time he got to set, he had nothing except for one bag and a piano.
Cast Away is a movie about a man named Chuck Noland who gets deserted on an island. The movie got excellent reviews, many of which were aimed at Tom Hanks, who was cast as Chuck — a role which won him an Oscar nomination.
Interestingly, Tom did win two Oscars in the past, both for movies in which he didn’t try method acting. Could this perhaps be proof that the controversial method doesn’t work?
In order to prepare for his role as Chuck, Tom dropped 50 pounds and stopped bathing. As for the weight loss, it’s a necessary evil for roles like this and we can’t blame the method acting. However, the refusal to wash himself is definitely taking things too far.
In fact, Tom almost lost his life for this movie. The actor got a cut that became infected due to Hanks not bathing or cleaning it. Luckily, after a stint in the hospital, the actor is now in good health.
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
Rooney Mara’s role as Lisbeth in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo was her breakthrough in Hollywood and even earned her an Oscar nomination. In the movie, Lisbeth is a computer hacker who’s employed by a journalist to help him find a missing woman.
Lisbeth’s physical appearance is quite different than that of Rooney, causing the method actress to go to some extreme measures to be authentic in her portrayal.
Rooney Mara wanted to fully embrace Lisbeth’s appearance, rather than letting makeup and wardrobe work their Hollywood magic. Therefore, the actress bleached her eyebrows, cut her hair short, and pierced her eyebrow, nose, lip, and chest.
She also learned all the skills that Lisbeth demonstrates in the movie, rather than relying on stunt doubles. Rooney learned how to ride a motorcycle and skateboard — not to mention that she became a trained martial artist. Well, she certainly has a lot to add to her resume!
Black Swan is a drama/thriller about a ballerina who struggles to maintain her sanity after winning the starring role in Swan Lake.
Natalie Portman plays the main character Nina and in a moment of life truly imitating art, Natalie’s mental health suffered from starring in this movie. Perhaps it was worth it, though, as Portman received an Oscar for her work and Black Swan was an undeniable success.
Natalie Portman has always been slim, even by Hollywood standards, yet she shed an additional 22 pounds by eating strictly carrots and almonds. The actress also trained as a proper ballerina, as opposed to relying on stunt doubles, and danced for roughly 16 hours a day.
Natalie also suffered multiple injuries and was isolated from her co-star Mila Kunis, as their characters were meant to be tense towards one another. Sounding a lot like Nina, Portman spoke about Black Swan saying, “I thought I literally was going to die.”
Iron Man 2
Continuing his comeback streak, Mickey Rourke played the villain Ivan Vanko/Whiplash in Iron Man 2. Sadly, most of Mickey’s performance never made it into the film. As the actor angrily explained, “I wanted to bring some other layers and colors, not just make this Russian a complete murderous revenging bad guy […]”
“Unfortunately, the [people] at Marvel just wanted a one-dimensional bad guy, so most of the performance ended up on the floor.” Given everything he put into the role, we can understand his frustration.
Mickey Rourke – Again
Mickey Rourke, who isn’t of Russian descent himself, familiarized himself with the language (it took him three weeks to learn two lines). He also hung out in a Russian prison in order to learn the culture, body language, and mannerisms of Russian men.
Mickey says that he also studied the value systems and moral compasses of the prisoners he met, in order to better understand his character. Lastly, the actor purchased a pet bird similar to that of Whiplash. Interestingly, Mickey’s bird replaced the on-set animal in the film.
Gangs of New York
Gangs of New York was one of those movies that everyone knew would be a hit, due to its star-studded cast that featured Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, and poor Cameron Diaz who was completely out of her depth.
The movie is about a young man who’s seeking revenge against Bill “The Butcher” Cutting, played by Daniel Day-Lewis. Daniel’s performance is often regarded as the best in the film, but it came at a price.
Daniel Day-Lewis – Again
By the time he starred in Gangs of New York, Daniel Day-Lewis was already known for his method-acting shenanigans. Therefore, it came as no surprise that the actor refused to wear a proper coat while filming because those coats didn’t exist yet in the 1860s, which is when the movie takes place.
Of course, Daniel caught pneumonia and he later admitted that this particular role was bad for his health. Has anyone thought to explain to him that he could’ve played the part but worn a coat?
In The Revenant Leonardo DiCaprio plays Hugh Glass, a frontiersman who fights for survival after being left behind by his companions. The movie earned rave reviews and even won Leonardo his first Oscar (although, many people argue that he’s deserved one for several decades).
Given that DiCaprio had been nominated for an Oscar a whopping seven times prior to winning, it could be his method acting that finally earned him the coveted statue.
Leonardo DiCaprio is a vegetarian but he made an exception for the sake of The Revenant. The actor wanted to eat just like his character, so not only did he consume meat but he even ate raw bison meat.
Those who saw the movie will remember the not-so-pleasant scene in which Hugh sleeps in an animal carcass to say warm. Well, Leonardo did that too. In fact, he was so cold while filming that he was constantly at risk of catching hypothermia. Well, at least he has his Oscar!
The biopic Jobs tells the story of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, played by Ashton Kutcher. The movie has decent reviews but it didn’t earn Ashton the Oscar he’d been trying for. This begs the question — was it worth Kutcher’s method acting?
After all, Ashton sacrificed both his health and his income for this role. Jobs was a relatively low-budget production set at $12 million. Given that Ashton earned $700,000 per episode of Two and a Half Men this was quite the pay cut.
Steve Jobs was known to be vegan and follow the fruitarian diet, which consists of fruit, nuts, and seeds. Wanting to do this role justice, Ashton Kutcher adopted Steve’s diet, a decision that landed him in the hospital with pancreatitis. Twice!
Ashton studied every single aspect of Jobs’ mannerisms and way of thinking. Kutcher explained, “I consumed what Steve consumed — the books he read, the food he ate, and the things from the people he admired.” Well, he definitely doesn’t seem to regret it!
When Jared Leto was cast as the Joker in Suicide Squad, he was met with harsh criticism and the knowledge that an unsuccessful portrayal could ruin his career. Unfortunately, a lot of changes were made to the movie after filming and most of Jared’s scenes were cut out.
The actor often talks about how moviegoers never really got to see his version of the Joker, but he’s not the only one who’s upset. Fans were disappointed with the film and most believe that the original version would’ve been better.
Jared Leto – Again
Jared Leto wanted his co-stars to feel just as uncomfortable around him as the Joker’s peers feel in his presence. Therefore, Jared sent his colleagues a barrage of inappropriate gifts — including a live rat to Margot Robbie.
He insisted that everyone call him ‘Mistah J’ on set and refused to respond to his actual name. Leto also sequestered himself from the rest of the cast during filming. Although, given the presents he gave them, they were probably okay with that.
Six Degrees of Separation
Six Degrees of Separation was Will Smith’s first big movie role and the actor was clearly desperate to prove he’s capable of more than just playing an exaggerated version of himself on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Six Degrees of Separation is about a wealthy couple whose lives are changed when a mysterious man, played by Will, comes to their door. The movie itself got mixed reviews but Smith’s performance in the film remains one of his most popular to date.
Will Smith admits that his method acting was unfair to his then-wife (who was pregnant at the time) as he’d become a completely different person. To make matters worse, Will genuinely fell in love with his co-star, since his character was in love with hers.
Nowadays, many wonder if the recent Oscar slap between Will and Chris Rock was because Smith was still in character after filming King Richard. However, given that he’s sworn off method acting ever since Six Degrees of Separation, we doubt it.
There are many different ways to make a family and none of them are “right” or “wrong,” it simply depends on each individual. While old Hollywood movies would have us believe that we need to marry Mr. or Mrs. Right, have children with them, and live happily ever after, that’s not always how it works. Sometimes, it takes a few co-parents and a whole lot of kids to make a family complete.
Owen Wilson – Three Baby Mamas
It’s pretty ironic that Owen Wilson routinely plays a good father in movies because, while he’s a seemingly excellent father to his two sons, he has a daughter whom he refuses to meet. Apparently, Owen wasn’t very happy when he got a third woman pregnant, so he refused to partake in fatherhood for the child.
That being said, he does pay monthly child support, since confirming that’s his daughter through a paternity test. Unfortunately, Owen isn’t nearly as wholesome as the characters he plays on screen.
Eddie Murphy – Five Baby Mamas
Eddie Murphy has many accomplishments under his belt — he has numerous awards, countless hit performances, and he’s a father to a whopping 10 children!
Five of Eddie’s children were mothered by Nicole Mitchell, whom he was married to for 13 years, while four different women co-parent his other children. Add up all the co-parents, the kids, and Eddie himself — the Murphy clan is celebrating at least one birthday a month!
Kate Winslet – Three Baby Daddies
Kate Winslet has three children, from three different men, all before turning 40 — which many Karens around the world have taken as a personal offense. Despite the fact that Kate was married to each partner when deciding to have a child with them, the world still judges the actress for having children with various men and expresses “concern” over the kids’ wellbeing.
Ah yes, growing up surrounded by love from four parental figures, a successful female role model, and tons of money. Those poor children…
Caitlyn Jenner – Three Baby Mamas
While Caitlyn Jenner is partly responsible for creating one of the world’s most famous families, she does have children who are not in the limelight. Caitlyn has six biological kids, four stepchildren, 20 grandchildren (and counting), and three baby mamas!
Unfortunately, Caitlyn’s kids seem to have mixed experiences with their mother. While Caitlyn is often seen with her reality show kids, her children who aren’t famous claim that they rarely ever see her.
Lil Wayne – Four Baby Mamas
Lil Wayne has four children with four different women but the public only really knows about three of them, as one has stayed out of the limelight in that regard. Lil Wayne seems to get along well with his kids’ mothers, regardless of not telling the public about all of the women.
The rapper has stated, “The mothers of my kids are great!” as they help him stay connected to his children even while he’s out on tour. Now, that’s some great co-parenting!
Fetty Wap – Five Baby Mamas
Fetty Wap is basically the exact opposite kind of man as Owen Wilson. While Owen chose to keep his distance from his child, Fetty Wap has decided to remain a father figure in a kid’s life, even after finding out that she’s not his daughter.
Alaiya was originally thought to be Fetty Wap’s biological daughter but it was later discovered that the father was another man. Having already built a connection with the young girl, the rapper requested to still remain a prominent part of her life, much to Alaiya’s delight.
Kimora Lee Simmons – Three Baby Daddies
Kimora Lee Simmons (of Baby Phat fame) has five children, four biological, and one adopted. Kimora mixes her work and personal life by teaching her children how to be successful fashion designers and business people, just like herself!
Kimora’s daughters are currently working on relaunching Baby Phat for Gen Zers alongside their role model/mom. Meanwhile, Kimora’s sons are still living at home, driving their mother crazy in the best way possible.
Steven Tyler – Three Baby Mamas
Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler has four children (one of whom is the famous actress, Liv Tyler) with three different women. What else would we expect from a rock star?
The singer has a great relationship with all three of his co-parents, evidenced by his Mother’s Day post — which featured photos of the women alongside the caption, “The three moms…a title just above queen! #happymothersday.” Steven also has four grandchildren who adorably refer to him as “Papa Stevie.”
Kelsey Grammer – Four Baby Mamas
Kelsey Grammar has seven children with four women and he’s also now a proud grandfather. Given the 33-year age gap between Kelsey’s youngest and eldest children, the 67-year-old’s parenting has changed over the years.
According to the actor’s daughter, Mason, Kelsey has become “a better dad after every child.” Considering that he seemed to be a good dad for his older children, Kelsey must be a perfect father by now!
Chris Brown – Three Baby Mamas
Chris Brown’s treatment of women is… controversial, to say the very least. Therefore, it’s interesting that he’s now the father of two little girls and a boy. Chris’ relationship with his co-parents seems to be on-brand for what we know about his treatment of his past partners.
There have been alleged issues in regards to child support and willingness to admit paternity. Let’s just hope that Chris is a better father than he is a man…
Mel B – Three Baby Daddies
Melanie “Mel B” Brown is proud of her hybrid family and maintains beautiful relationships with everyone involved. The former Spice Girl has said, “I’ve got three daughters by three different men, three different solid relationships. I would never want to talk bad about any of their fathers. We made beautiful babies together and all three babies were made with a lot of love.”
It looks like Mel B should have been called “Sweet Spice” instead of “Scary Spice.”
Mel Gibson – Three Baby Mamas
Mel Gibson has a whopping nine children, and three grandchildren, with three different women. Seven of Mel’s children share Robyn Moore Gibson as a mother, she and Mel were married for 31 years before calling it quits.
Mel then had another child with Oksana Grigorieva but that relationship ended with unflattering allegations and a restraining order against the actor. Now, a 66-year-old Mel is with his ninth child’s mother, 31-year-old Rosalind Ross.
Mick Jagger – Five Baby Mamas
Mick Jagger has enough family members to start a new band… or several. The Rolling Stones frontman has five baby mamas, eight kids, five grandkids, and three great-grandchildren. As one would assume from one of music’s biggest names, Mick gets around, as evidenced by several of his relationships ending due to him impregnating someone else.
That being said, he appears to have good relationships with all of his offspring and has been called a “wonderful dad.”
Future – Eight Baby Mamas
Future is creating the future with eight children and counting… At this point, Future only wants more children if it were to be with a woman he’s married to.
The rapper has stated, “I wanna have kids by my wife, of course. It could be like three cause I’ve never had more than one kid by a girl. So if I had two by her, then it’s like more than I had. So I feel like it’ll be more special.”
Marc Anthony – Three Baby Mamas
Marc Anthony has six children with three women, one of whom is the ultra-famous Jennifer Lopez. Marc and J.Lo had two kids during their 10-year marriage. With both parents in the spotlight, the twins are the most famous of Marc’s kids.
Marc also has a daughter from a relationship he had back in the ’90s, but his eldest child prefers to stay out of the limelight. The singer’s first marriage brought him three children before he and his wife divorced after four years together.
Offset – Four Baby Mamas
Offset seems to have changed a lot over the years, and many credit that to his relationship with fellow celebrity Cardi B. The first woman Offset had a child with claims that he didn’t pay child support.
The second woman complained that Offset didn’t introduce their son to Cardi before getting engaged. The third accused Offset of not spending enough time with their daughter. Meanwhile, the rapper has two children with Cardi, and she believes that he’s a wonderful father.
Christie Brinkley – Three Baby Daddies
Christie Brinkley has been married four times, with three of those marriages resulting in bearing a child. Christie’s youngest daughter, Sailor, has followed in her mother’s footsteps and started a career in modeling.
Christie’s eldest, Alexa, has also pursued a life in the limelight with a music career. In contrast, Jack — the middle child of the Brinkley family — is rarely photographed with his famous mother as he doesn’t like to have his picture taken at all.
Sean Combs – Three Baby Mamas
Sean Combs, a.k.a. P Diddy, has six children with three women. While four of Diddy’s kids are biological, one was adopted by the rapper when the child was four years old. Quincy Taylor Brown’s mother, Kim Porter, was in an on-and-off relationship with Diddy for 13 years.
Kim tragically passed away in 2018, leaving Diddy to care for Quincy, which the rapper has gladly done. Now, at 30 years old, Quincy is famous in his own right as a successful actor.
Kevin Federline – Three Baby Mamas
Two of Kevin Federline’s six children have been thrust into the spotlight due to the simple fact that their mother is pop legend Britney Spears. The controversial conservatorship placed on Britney has put her, Kevin, and their children in extremely uncomfortable situations.
Hopefully, now that Britney is free, she and Kevin can work out how to raise their kids on their own terms. While Kevin’s other two baby mamas have dabbled with fame, neither of them has reached the levels or hardships of the Princess of Pop.
Jack Nicholson – Four Baby Mamas
Jack Nicholson’s relationship with fatherhood is a mixed bag. He seems to be uncomplicated with five of his six children but it took time for Jack to acknowledge his son, Caleb, although they’re on better terms now.
Apparently, things were tense between Jack and Caleb’s mother, Susan Anspach, so the actor chose to let Susan’s new husband adopt Caleb and act as his father. It’s also worth noting that there have been rumors of Jack having more children that he doesn’t acknowledge and that the press is unaware of.
Ray Lewis – Four Baby Mamas
Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis, has six children with four women and has never been married. Despite the unwarranted criticism from the public, Ray and his family seem perfectly happy with their arrangement.
One of Ray’s co-parents, Tatyana McCall, has responded to the haters by saying, “It’s painful because the reality of it is all that happened to one person, to me. If I’ve embraced, accepted, and moved on, what is it to you?”
Charlie Sheen – Three Baby Mamas
Interestingly, Charlie Sheen’s ex, Denise Richards, is the hero of this story. Charlie had two children with Denise, two kids with Brooke Mueller, and one child with Paula Profit.
Unfortunately, Brooke lost custody of her two sons and Charlie was uninterested in taking them in. So, who came to the boys’ rescue and took them in as her own? Denise! It seems that throughout her relationship with Charlie, Denise was the true man in any given situation.
Nick Cannon – Four Baby Mamas
Nick Cannon has seven children with four women but that’s not the truly fascinating part… Believe it or not, Nick had four of his children within one year! We can’t even imagine the number of diapers involved!
Nick proudly states that all of the four babies, and the timeline, were intentional. “I’m like a seahorse out here with how I’m procreating I’m having these kids on purpose. It ain’t no accident!” Well, now we know Nick’s spirit animal.
Clint Eastwood – Six Baby Mamas
Clint Eastwood has eight children, although he himself didn’t even know that until recently. The Hollywood legend had a child named Laurie Murray whom Clint didn’t know about until she was 30 years old.
Apparently, Laurie’s mother gave her up for adoption at birth and didn’t even tell Clint she was pregnant. Luckily, this story has a happy ending, as Laurie has tracked down her father and is now a welcome member of the Eastwood family.
Kailyn Lowry – Three Baby Daddies
Teen Mom 2’s Kailyn Lowry had four children with three men while starring in reality shows and sharing her life with the public. Nowadays, Kailyn is focusing on her multiple businesses and her family.
Those who are hoping for fresh drama from Kailyn probably won’t get it, as the reality star insists that she’s “done” fighting with her co-parents and that it’s time for them all to “work this out.”
Ginuwine – Four Baby Mamas
Ginuwine has eight kids with four women, and apparently, he wishes one of those numbers were smaller. While the singer obviously loves all of his children, he has expressed regret in having them with different women.
Clearly, not all of Ginuwine’s co-parents are on the same page as him, as he’s stated, “When you have a baby mama here, a baby mama there, it’s going to be drama, period.” Well, we could have told him that!
Kevin Costner – Three Baby Mamas
Kevin Costner has seven children, however, his willingness to be a father to one of them is highly debated. When Kevin’s son, Liam, was first born, the actor didn’t believe that the child was his.
After a paternity test put Kevin’s doubts to rest, he claims to have been a perfectly present father. However, there are sources that claim Kevin was rarely around and really wanted nothing to do with his son. We guess only the Costner family really knows the truth…
Janelle Evans – Three Baby Daddies
Teen Mom 2’s Janelle Evans has been in a back-and-forth custody battle with her mother, Barb, for several years. Both women want to be the primary caretaker of Janelle’s son, Jace — an honor that Janelle had originally signed over to Barb.
However, in 2021, the courts returned custody to Janelle, after it was clear that Barb was neglecting Jace’s mental health. We hope that the future will be happier for Janelle and her three children.
George Foreman – Five Baby Mamas
George Forman has a whopping 12 children with five women, all of whom he was married to at one point. The former boxer has named all of his sons George in order to give them something in common.
Clearly, sharing a bloodline and a famous father wasn’t enough commonality for the Foremans. George explained the name choice by saying, “If one of us goes up, then we all go up together, and if one goes down, we all go down together!”
Kim Zolciak – Three Baby Daddies
Kim Zolciak of The Real Housewives of Atlanta has six children with three men. Kim’s husband, Kroy Biermann, has adopted the reality star’s two children from previous relationships — and the couple has four biological children together.
The world has been able to watch this beautiful family grow through the clan’s reality show Don’t Be Tardy. Although, judging by the ratings and cancellation, it appears that no one cared to see it.
Oscar De La Hoya – Three Baby Mamas
Retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya has six children from three different relationships. Oscar’s daughter, Atiana, became the subject of controversy when Atiana’s mother married drummer Travis Barker.
The media attempted to cause a feud between Oscar and Travis, stating that Travis had claimed he was the man raising Atiana, not Oscar. Luckily, the two celebs didn’t take the bait and they made it clear that they happily co-parent together.
Rod Stewart – Four Baby Mamas
Musician Rod Stewart has eight children and four co-parents. Rod had married three of his four baby mamas, despite one of them being 26 years his junior!
While one might think that’s a recipe for drama, Rod seems to get along with all of his exes beautifully as he regularly posts photos of family events with all of his kids and their mothers together. Perhaps Rod can teach some other celebs (*cough*,*cough* — Kanye West) a thing or two about how to treat an ex?
Erykah Badu – Three Baby Daddies
Singer Erykah Badu has never been married but that didn’t stop her from having three adorable children with three men whom she has excellent friendships with. Erykah has said that she’s extremely close with her exes, and they co-parent together beautifully.
She even called one of her exes, Andree 3000, one of her best friends — and said that their bond will last through any relationship dynamic. Um, why did they break up again?
Mike Tyson – Three Baby Mamas
Mike Tyson knows that he’s a controversial figure, and the very least of his controversies is that he had six kids with three different women. While that in itself shouldn’t be an issue, combine that with Mike’s criminal record, lack of sobriety, and ear-biting antics, and the boxer has found himself cast in a very unflattering light.
That being said, Mike has since turned things around and focused on his main goal in life — to be a good father. That’s the one job Mike refuses to mess up!
T.I. – Three Baby Mamas
T.I. managed to ruin his otherwise decent reputation in a matter of seconds when he made a comment about one of his seven children. The rapper joked (?) that he accompanies his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris, to her gynecologist appointments and has the doctor check that Deyjah has not been intimate with anyone.
Unsurprisingly, this comment earned T.I. some well-deserved criticism. It’s worth noting that the rapper has since apologized and clarified that his daughter does, in fact, have bodily autonomy.
Flavor Flav – Four Baby Mamas
Flavor Flav has eight children with four women but the most surprising thing about this family is that he fathered a child when he was 60 years old! Originally, Flavor Flav insisted that he couldn’t possibly be the father, largely due to his age, but a paternity test proved otherwise.
In fact, Flavor Flav was so sure he wasn’t the father that he fired the baby’s mom (who worked on his team) when she told him she was pregnant. Honestly? Baby and mama are probably better off without him.
Karl Malone – Three Baby Mamas
Former basketball player Karl Malone has seven children with three different women and nearly all of them have caused controversy. The first time Karl became a father, he was only 17 years old and walked out on his twin children.
The second time Karl fathered a child, he was 20 years old and the baby’s mother was only 13. Karl walked out on them, too. Karl is now married and has finally decided to be a father to the kids he has with his wife, so there’s that at least.
Evander Holyfield – Six Baby Mamas
Former boxer Evander Holyfield has been open with his fans about his various financial issues, which have caused him to continue working long after boxers typically retire. Most experts agree that professional boxers should retire at around 35 years old, however, Evander kept fighting until he was 51!
He’s cited needing to pay child support to six women, for 11 kids, as one of the reasons for staying in the ring as long as he did.
Kate Hudson – Three Baby Daddies
Kate Hudson has three children, each from a different man. The actress is now in a happy relationship and hoping to give her fiancé more children, as she says she’s always wanted a large family.
Given the fact that Kate’s own father wasn’t there for her when she was a child, she always makes sure that her own kids’ fathers are there for them. Kate explained, “The only expectations I really have that are really high in my life is with my kids and with family stuff,”
Antonio Cromartie – Seven Baby Mamas
Football player Antonio Cromartie has enough children to create his very own football team! Antonio has 14 children in six different states, and seven co-parents — so, basically enough to fill a football field. Unfortunately, Antonio isn’t as good at being a father as he is at becoming one.
His antics include refusing to pay child support, denying paternity, and once kicking his six-month pregnant girlfriend out of his house. Maybe he should just be benched from the bedroom altogether?
Shawn Kemp – Six Baby Mamas
Former basketball player Shawn Kemp has fathered seven children with six different women. However, he wasn’t always present for his kids or his co-parents.
Luckily, Shawn seems ready to change, “The only thing I want to get out there is that I’m always going to handle my responsibilities. That’s it. I said that since day one. I’m not a perfect person. I’ve made some mistakes, but I’ve always tried to go back and do the right thing regardless of what I’ve done.”
Shawty Lo – 10 Baby Mamas
Shawty Lo has such a huge family that there was a reality show made about the rapper, his 11 children, and his 10 baby mamas. The show was called All My Babies Mamas but never made it to air due to the premise being “too controversial” for many.
Tragically, Shawty Lo passed away in 2016, at the age of 40. He’s survived by his music, fans, and loving, beautifully unconventional family.