How Jeff Goldblum, 70, and Emilie Livingston, 39, defied 30-year age gap to celebrate parenthood
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Jeff Goldblum recently said that it was fun to be a father. The actor, 70, who became a father late in life, said in a recent interview that it was "revivifying" to be a father and it "enhances" his relationship with his wife Emilie Livingston, 39, on Thursday, November 23. The 70-year-old actor and Livingston, who is 30 years younger than him, have two sons, Charlie Ocean, 7, and River Joe, 5.
During an interview with TODAY, the 'Jurassic World: Dominion' star was asked what parenthood was like when he hit 70, to which he replied, “It’s amazing, it’s revivifying, and makes my relationship with Emilie, frankly, enhanced," as per Daily Mail. Emilie is a Canadian dancer, aerialist and retired Olympic rhythmic gymnast.
"And it’s challenging and it’s sometimes maddening and very volatile. As you know, at 3 and 5, 5 and 7 they can be like feral creatures unleashed. Oh yeah, and sweet and amazing. It’s great,” he added.
Goldblum also talked about his experience of being a father to the Radio times in 2019, admitting he had never been really passionate about fatherhood before having his children. "I never thought that I was going to do it. I had never been particularly passionate [about fatherhood] or envisioned it for myself – I don’t have any nieces or nephews, had never seen a birth before."In the couple of lovely previous marriages I had, there was some fantasy talk about it, but never any serious business. And I always thought it was a good thing that I didn’t have any drama with kids and breaking up," he reportedly said.
When the actor was asked about how he decided to have children with Livingston, he answered, "We thought about it for a year, talked about it with my therapist, went in together, and after a year of that, I said, 'Yeah, this sounds kinda good, let’s get married and have kids." In addition, the Emmy nominee expressed his belief that they would "be together now" for the rest of their lives. In response to his co-star Tilda Swinton's question about how he raises his two sons, he replied that he showed them silent films by Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin. He also has plans to read his sons PG Wodehouse books once they are "old enough."
Goldblum and Livingston got married in 2014. He was previously married to Patricia Gaul and Geena Davis. In a sweet tribute to her husband, the athlete wrote on Instagram, "Loved and appreciated! @jeffgoldblum always makes me feel loved- from the first day we met! At first I wondered if this feeling could be true because I hadn't experienced such innocent, passionate, tender, honest love before so quickly. Some people like to play games and play hard to get. But we were just honest and aware from day one and took our relationship day by day until I had to express my feelings of wanting a family with HIM and to share the rest of my life with his beautiful soul! That was a scary day, opening myself up completely, knowing he might not want kids or to marry again. And we just kept talking about it together and with our therapist until we decided that it was the right thing to do!"