Seth Rogen, the well-known actor, has a firm stance when it comes to parenthood – it’s not on his radar. This sentiment is something he doesn’t shy away from discussing, as he candidly expresses his contentment with his choice to not have children, along with his wife, Lauren Miller, with whom he has shared nearly a decade of marriage.
During a recent conversation with Howard Stern, a father of three, Rogen openly elaborated on his lack of desire to become a parent. Even though he has portrayed roles in films like Knocked Up and Neighbors, Rogen is resolute in his decision. Reflecting on his career in the entertainment industry, he admitted, “I wouldn’t be able to do all this work that I like.” He further explained this on The Howard Stern Show by stating, “People are always like – it’s something I think I was uncomfortable answering this before – but they were like, ‘How do you do so much?’ The answer is I don’t have kids. … I have nothing else to do.”
Stern highlighted the selfless nature of parenting, mentioning that it requires putting oneself aside for the sake of the child. To this, Rogen unreservedly responded, “Yeah, like, I don’t want that. That does not sound fun to me. And why? There’s enough kids out there.”
His wife, who has appeared in comedies like Superbad and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, shares his perspective on parenthood. Rogen disclosed that she is even less inclined to have children than he is. He conceded, “I could probably be talked into it. She’s like ‘no.'”
What exactly is it about parenthood that has led both Rogen and his wife to firmly decline the idea? For them, the allure of their current lives plays a significant role. Rogen candidly shared, “I don’t know anyone who gets as much happiness out of their kids as we get out of our non-kids.” He described their current lifestyle, enjoying simple pleasures like lying in bed on a Saturday morning, watching movies naked and sharing moments together. He humorously emphasized that having children would preclude such leisurely experiences.
Rogen’s viewpoint is valid, as many parents can attest to the immense commitment and devotion required by parenthood. As someone with four grown sons, I can confirm that raising children demands an unwavering dedication. It’s a path that should only be pursued if one is truly passionate about it, willing to make it their central focus.
Rogen has been consistent in his stance against parenthood. In April 2020, during the early days of the pandemic, he spoke with Jimmy Kimmel via Zoom and joked about his contentment with not having children. He playfully remarked, “I will be laying alone on my death bed, having not talked to anyone for, like, 15 years, and I’ll be like ‘it was worth it.'”
Ultimately, while many parents cherish their family lives, Rogen remains committed to his chosen path. His unique perspective reflects the diversity of human desires and choices. Each person’s journey is distinct, and as Rogen lives his life without parenthood, the world continues to spin, accommodating a range of lifestyles and perspectives.