NEW YORK — Dads sometimes know best. In time for Father’s Day today, a range of artists from film, television and music shared the most valuable lessons from their own dads with The Associated Press.
Feel free to reminisce gratefully on the lessons your father imparted to you, his favorite child.
JAMES TAYLOR, folk singer: “Just to be there for your family. I’ve tried to be as much as possible. If there is a struggle, that’s it, trying to balance family life and life on the road.”
ASHLEY CAMPBELL, daughter of Glen Campbell, who is battling Alzheimer’s: “This one piece of advice really stuck with me. We were on tour and it was toward the end of the tour, so he was definitely not as there, not as with it. So moments of clarity were very noticeable. He looked at me and said, ‘How’s your music going?’ I, joking, said, ‘It’s going well. I am going to be a superstar!’ Very self-deprecatingly. And he got really serious and he said, ‘Be a super person and the superstar will follow.’ That’s Glen wisdom.”
BONNIE RAITT, blues singer/guitarist and the daughter of the late Broadway musical star John Raitt: “I think his positivity and seeing the good in people. He just never said bad words about anyone. I really believe it was that outlook, really honoring people and trying to find out who they really are underneath what they present themselves to be.”
MATT SMITH, star of The Crown on Netflix and the former Doctor Who: “My dad said to me very early on, ‘It’s not the disappointments, son. It’s how you get over them.’ And that, that – I’ll pass that onto my son, you know? Yeah. He was 70 (recently) so we kind of celebrated his birthday. He’s a very important man in my life, my dad. Probably the most important.
LUCY DAVIS, Etta actress in Wonder Woman: “One of the things he said to me was, ‘If you give, you get. But not if you give to get.’ And I love that. And it made you realize that you just have to be the person you want to be just because that’s what you want to be, not because you think there’s going to be a reward at the end.”
TOM BERGERON, host of Dancing With the Stars: “Well we’d go out in the back 40 and, you know, clear some of the brush, slaughter a few hogs and then have a big meal. That’s in the old days, though.”
BARRY WATSON, star of Date My Dad: “My father always said luck is when opportunity meets preparation, so always be prepared, which I try to be!”
KATE MARA, star of the film Megan Leavey: “The one that I sort of use every day, I guess, is just a good handshake because in this business, specifically, but I’m sure everybody meets new people on a daily basis, a firm handshake, I think, goes a long way.”