'I think I'm dad more than I'm Ant-Man or in the MCU. They don't care, nor should they,' said Rudd.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on February 10, 2023. It has since been updated.
Paul Rudd, best known for his role in the movies, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" and "Avengers: Endgame," shared that his kids had no idea that he was an actor while growing up. In an interview with Sunday TODAY, he told the host Willie Geist that his children have "finally put it all together" that their father is an actor. Rudd has two children, Jack, 17 and daughter Darby, 13, with his wife, Julie Yaeger. He shared that things were different when their children were younger. He said, "When my kids were very young — I'm not gonna sit my kids down when they're 3 and say, 'You know, I've got some DVDs to show you. I didn't really explain what I did."
He then went on to tell a sweet story about his son when he was "about 4 or 5 and went to a movie theater to see a movie with his friends." "We were all going, and there was a movie poster that I was on that was in the lobby. So they all just thought that I worked at the movie theater, which I thought was very cute," Rudd recalled. "And then, a few years later, I think when he was 15, he finally put it all together," he added. "I never corrected him," the actor said, teasing he'd say 'I work at the AMC Lowes.'" Rudd also shared what his children think about him being a Marvel superhero. "I think I'm dad more than I'm Ant-Man or in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). Yeah. They don't care, nor should they," he told PEOPLE.
The actor is known for his role as Scott Lang for about 10 years and was cast in 2013. Rudd will be next seen in "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," which released on February 17, 2023. He will be seen taking on Kang the Conqueror, one of the most powerful villains in the MCU. The actor admitted that training for the new movie was way more difficult than before. In an interview with Men's Health, he shared that getting in shape for the movie "was so much harder" than the last movie. "I worked really hard to get back into shape for Quantumania, and I realized, 'Oh my God, this is so much harder than it was [for the last Ant-Man project]," he recalled. "I had fallen off more than I had in the past. All of a sudden my clothes fit tight. And I thought, 'God, this sucks. I can't even wear these pants.'"
"So I'd say to myself, Well, I might as well just eat some of these cookies. I was irritable and self-conscious. I just wasn't in a good mood. I really beat myself up,'" he added. The actor credited his determination and work ethic as the key factor which helped him to reach the ideal figure. "I can be a hyper-focused person if I have a goal. If I'm doing one of these movies and I know that in four months I have to do a shirtless scene, I'm pretty dialed in," he said. Rudd added, "I also try and find the happy medium. I could work out hard and eat perfectly and I'll still look worse than most of the other Avengers."
Thanks to the role, the actor realized that his workout routine is important to maintain. He said, "The fitness that I do now has less to do with the fact that I might have to do another Marvel movie or a magazine shoot and more because I finally understand if you make fitness a part of your lifestyle, you'll just feel good."