Who are Val Kilmer's children? Mercedes and Jack have followed in their parents' footsteps
Val Kilmer has two children with his ex-wife Joanne Whalley and both have carved their own paths in showbiz
Accomplished actor Val Kilmer is set to be a center of attraction in the upcoming documentary titled ‘Val’. The documentary revolves around the professional and personal life of one of the greatest actors of this generation.
The movie had its premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and received amazing reviews. One of the most integral parts of the documentary is about his married life with his former wife Joanne Whalley. They both met while working together on the film ‘Willow’. The couple got married in March 1988 and divorced each other in February 1996.
The couple shared two kids together: Mercedes Kilmer (daughter) and Jack Kilmer (Son). Both have followed the footsteps of their parents and entered showbiz. Let’s dig a little deeper and know more about them.
Who are Mercedes Kilmer and Jack Kilmer?
Mercedes Kilmer was born on October 29, 1991, in New Mexico. She graduated from a private high school in Los Angeles and chose to enter Hollywood as she became older. The young actress started her professional acting career in 2013 with a short film called ‘Pool Party’. Mercedes has been part of various short movies since 2014 and made her feature film debut with last year’s ‘Paydirt’. Interestingly, it was also the first movie where Mercedes acted alongside her father Val.
During an interview with People, Mercedes revealed that her father’s health challenges have brought them closer. She said, “We all spend so much time together. Even just getting to meet all my dad’s friends from before I was born — there are so many beautiful things that happen when you need help from people.”
Apart from acting, Mercedes was reportedly the lead singer of a blues band that played throughout Los Angeles. When her father was diagnosed with throat cancer, Mercedes was hit by a car in a scary accident that injured her leg. It took her some months to fully recover.
Mercedes is also quite active on social media and has an Instagram account with 3,615 followers.
On the other hand, Val and Joanne welcomed their second child on June 6, 1995, and attended primary school at The Center for Early Education. Even though Jack's parents are actors, he was never interested in pursuing the craft. His interest in acting developed only after he made his acting debut.
He met the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, Gia Coppola while studying at the aforementioned institution. Coppola asked him to review her script for ‘Palo Alto’, a film adaptation of James Franco's book of the same name which she also planned to direct. After running through a table read, she encouraged him to audition for one of the film's main roles, Teddy.
He joined the film and after some months, Val also joined the project as the father of another character. However, Jack never wanted to be an actor and took this project lightly. When the movie came out, it received positive reviews and Jack received a lot of praise for his acting.
In 2016, he portrayed the role of Chet, a young film projectionist who proves vital to the investigation, in ‘The Nice Guys’. The film featured Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in leading roles.
Jack and his sister have both British and American citizenship. As far as Jack is concerned, he likes skateboarding and is an ardent pet lover.
The siblings were recently seen attending the Los Angeles premiere of their father’s new documentary ‘Val’. During the event, his daughter Mercedes revealed that Val is doing “really well” and “seen the documentary almost 1000 times.” Meanwhile, Jack shared that he would have “loved” to be at the premiere and is “really proud” of the project.
“It's very emotional for him to watch it and we wish he could be here, but he's here in spirit and he's just so proud of this and that people get to see a side of him that has never been seen before,” Jack told Entertainment Tonight.
‘Val’ will be premiering exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, August 6.