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The 40-year-old Canadian-born actor and filmmaker is best known for his comedic roles in hit films such as “Superbad” and “Knocked Up.” Rogen discussed his outlook on his life and career during an interview with the “Diary of a CEO” podcast that was released Wednesday.
“There’s a whole huge thing I’m not doing, which is raising children,” the actor said. When host Steven Bartlett asked Rogen if his life would have been “happier” with kids, the “Freaks and Geeks” alum said that it would not.
“I don’t think it would,” Rogen replied. “I’ve been around obviously a lot of children. I’m not ignorant to what it’s like … Everyone I know has kids. I’m 40, you know? I know.”
“Some of my friends have had kids for decades. Some people want kids, some people don’t want kids,” he continued. “I mean, a lot of people have kids before they even think about it, from what I’ve seen, honestly. You just are told, you go through life, you get married, you have kids — it’s what happens.”
Rogen went on to say how he and Miller never wanted children and haven’t really wavered on that stance since they wed in 2011. Further, the actor claims his life is better without any kids to distract from his career goals.
“Me and my wife, neither of us were like that,” he said. “Honestly, the older we get the more happy and reaffirmed we are with our choice to not have kids. It was something we kind of talked about more, and we were like, ‘Have we made the right choice? Are we sure?’ Now, more than anything, the conversation is like, ‘Honestly, thank God we don’t have children.’ We get to do whatever we want.”
Rogen went on, “We are in the prime of our lives. We are smarter than we’ve ever been. We understand ourselves more than we ever have. We have the capacity to achieve a level of work and a level of communication and care for one another, and a lifestyle we can live with one another that we’ve never been able to live before, and we can just do that and we don’t have to raise a child — which the world does not need right now.”
The actor’s comments come just after comedian Chelsea Handler made similar claims about being happier without offspring. She created a spoof “day in the life” video showing herself sleeping in, traveling, and wearing high heels to brag about all the things she could do because she was childless.
“I wake up at 6 a.m. I remember that I have no kids to take to school, so I take an edible, masturbate, and go back to sleep,” Handler brags during the video.
Viewers pointed out how “extremely sad” the video was. They also called it misleading, as it mentioned chasing toddlers around the grocery store.
“Chelsea Handler acts like she wouldn’t be able to do all the traveling and relaxing she does if she had kids. Said she gets to wear heels because she’s not ‘chasing a kid around a grocery store.’ Girl, you are 47. Your kids could be graduated from college and married by now,” conservative podcast host Allie Beth Stuckey wrote in her response.