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Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor’s Cutest Moments With Their Kids

Father-Daughter Dates

Ella Stiller has often accompanied her father Ben Stiller to events over the years, most recently walking the red carpet with him at the 2022 Emmys.

Previously, Ella joined her famous father at the 2018 premiere of Free Solo, the 2017 premiere of The Meyerowitz Stories, and the opening night of the Broadway musical Groundhog Day.

In 2019, the duo went to the 2019 Golden Globes together to support Escape to Dannemora, the Showtime miniseries that earned Ben a nomination for Outstanding Directing.

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Working Together

Ben opened up about his experience working with Ella on the set of Escape to Dannemora, telling E! he was “very proud” of his daughter at the 2019 Critics’ Choice Awards.

“I was very happy it went well,” the Zoolander actor said. “She showed me a lot of respect, which I appreciated because with a teenage daughter you want to be like, ‘Don’t be like how we are at home! Let’s pretend we’re actually nice to each other!’ No, it was really a super positive experience for both of us.”

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Following In Her Parents’ Footsteps

In addition to her small role in Escape to Dannemora, Ella has also made appearances in Hubie Halloween and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, and Ben told E! in 2019 that Ella “seems to have a desire to explore” an acting career.

Christine Taylor also spoke about Ella’s decision, telling Us Weekly in 2018 that she never “discouraged” her from following in her parent’s footsteps.

“She came out of the womb with a mission, and I was never going to get in her way,” she explained.

“She is a very strong-minded, strong-willed young lady, and she loves it. Obviously, she was born into the world, but I think living in New York City, she has been exposed to so many incredible things and shows and so … she has the bug. There’s nothing you can do about it, but I did not encourage it.”

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Calling Out Dad

In February, Ben revealed that Ella had a conversation with him about “not being there” during her childhood due to his career.

“She’s pretty articulate about it, and sometimes it’s stuff that I don’t want to hear. It’s hard to hear,” he explained to Esquire.

“Because it’s me not being there in the ways that I saw my parents [actors Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara] not being there. I had always thought, ‘Well, I won’t do that.'”

While he noted that it “didn’t feel great” to hear Ella say that, Ben said it was “important to acknowledge” her feelings, adding, “But then it’s that thing that, like, I was trying to navigate my own desire to fulfill the hopes and dreams I had, too.”

The actor went on to say that Ella and her brother Quinlin Stiller were never keeping notes on his absences due to work, they just wanted to spend quality time with their dad.

“What I’ve learned is that your kids are not keeping score on your career,” he explained.

“It would be solipsistic to think that my kids actually care about that. They just want a parent who’s emotionally present and supportive of them. That’s probably what they want more than for me to be going off and pushing the bounds of my creativity.”

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Not-So-Secret Swiftie

During a recent appearance on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, Ben revealed Ella had turned him into a major Taylor Swift fan after she made him listen to the “Shake It Off” singer while he was teaching her how to drive.

“What really helped her was if we just played her favorite artist on the iPhone, and we just played Taylor Swift,” he explained. “I was a fan, but I think now I’m a total Swiftie.”

The Grammy winner’s tunes “would calm her, and it would calm me,” Ben shared before going on to prove just how big of a fan he’s become.

“We got into the later stuff—Folklore, Evermore,” Ben continued, before proving he really knows his stuff. “‘Cardigan,’ ‘Betty’ and ‘August’ all being about the same love triangle but from different points of view.

And the characters are named after Ryan Reynolds’ and Blake Lively’s kids. And then the ‘All Too Well’ 10-minute Taylor’s version from the vault.”

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Taking a Break

After filming Tropic Thunder with Ben in 2007, Christine chose to take a break from acting to focus on raising Ella and Quinlin.

“It never felt like a big decision for me,” Christine said during an appearance on The Morning Call in 2010. “When I had Ella, my whole world changed. I couldn’t believe how much love I had for this little creature. I wanted to be a part of it all.

I didn’t want to miss anything, and with Ben working as much as he does, I felt it was important for one of us to be the stability in the family.”

Ben told Parade in 2016 that he felt “very fortunate” that Christine made that decision.

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Healthy Family Habits

Ben and Christine decided to adopt a plant-based lifestyle 10 years ago and Christine opened up to People about trying to inspire their kids to do the same.

“Ben and I make these green drinks in the morning and they look at us like it’s from another planet,” she shared in 2012. “I joke, ‘Just join the party! Don’t complain so much, just join us.'”

The Search Party actress went on to detail Ella and Quinlin’s differing tastes, saying, “My daughter loves veggies but doesn’t love fruit. My son loves fruit and doesn’t love veggies.”

Still, Christine wasn’t giving up hope, explaining, “It’s that thing where your parents aren’t cool for a while and then suddenly they are. We just kind of plant the seeds.”

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Out of the Spotlight

While Ella often attends events with her parents, Quinlin rarely makes public appearances, though he did attend the Project A.L.S. Benefit in 2018 with his family.

“This is his first event. I think he’s just having fun with it,” Christine told Us Weekly at the event. “Last year, our daughter came to the event for the first time and she encouraged him to come this year and being able to make it fun and again the extended family that we’ve built and I think we’ve seen each other for 20 years and we’ve all watched our kids grow up.”

Ben and Christine have shared the projects they are passionate about with their kids, including Project A.L.S., which Christine sits on the board of directors for.

“For them to come out on a school night,” Christine said, “have a little fun, dress up, take some pictures, but then learn about an incredible organization, that’s huge.”