Jeremy Renner has made enough money pretending to shoot arrows in the Avengers movies that he could pay someone $5,000 a minute to carry him on their shoulders as he carries his daughter on his, but no, he’s not going to do that. Jeremy Renner doesn’t want his 4-year-old daughter Ava to grow up in typical rich kid fashion. Sorry, Ava: no gold-dipped animal crackers for you (I didn’t grow up rich; is this something rich kids eat?). Or maybe you Jeremy will allow her those gold animal crackers, but she’s going to have to work for them.
Jeremy talked about being a daddy in a recent issue of Nobleman magazine (via UsWeekly). Jeremy shares Ava with his ex-wife Sonni Pacheco, and he’s trying to raise her right. Jeremy wants Ava to be strong and independent, and along with that comes struggling through adversity. Well, as much adversity as you can get being the child of a famous Hollywood actor.
“I think my job as a father is make it impossible for her to find the version of a man that I will show her. That’s my job every day. To be consistent, like the stone in the garden. Sometimes it sucks to be the stone but you need to be there. I want to impart self-assuredness, confidence. How to find beauty in her self and how to problem solve and overcome things.
Whether or not she ends up being a mini-me or not, that’s just my ego, I want her to realize who she really is. I want to put her in front of things and have the experience where she has to make decisions. I want her to experience adversity because I think struggle is so important.”
I appreciate Jeremy’s intentions here, but surely he realizes that Ava will never truly experience adversity or struggle. He pays Sonni $16,000 a month in child support, and that’s a whole hell of a lot of money. Forget a lemonade stand, that kid has the capital to start a chain of neighborhood lemonade franchises. Like, this is what Ava’s pool looks like:
Now, full disclosure, I had a pool when I was a kid. It was a 3-foot tall aluminum wall thing that I had to scrub the sides of every week to prevent the water from going green. And that was absolute luxury to me compared to what I had before that. The summer before, I got a factory defective Slip ‘N Slide that didn’t pump nearly enough water to slide on, placed on a gravel driveway. Struggle is trying over and over again to slide on a dry piece of yellow plastic while convincing yourself you’re having just as much fun than the kids in the commercial.
Here’s Jeremy earlier this week at the ESPYs with his work friend Elizabeth Olsen.
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