Arnold Schwarzenegger says his kids 'hated' his move to politics, he'd thought 'my kids will be so proud of me'

Arnold Schwarzenegger, in a recent show, said his four children did not like their life during his governorship from 2003 to 2011.
Arnold Schwarzenegger served for two terms as the governor of California.
Arnold Schwarzenegger served for two terms as the governor of California.
Updated on Jun 21, 2021 12:32 PM IST
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The former governor of California and Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently opened up about his family life behind the scenes of his governorship from 2003 to 2011.

According to Fox News, on Saturday, the 73-year-old actor spoke about his family's sentiments with his eldest daughter Katherine, for her 32nd episode - a "grand finale of Father's Day week", on her Instagram show: 'Before, During and After Baby'.

Within the near 34-minute interview, Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged his four children weren't happy with his transition from action movie star to the 38th governor of California. The Schwarzenegger family moved from Hollywood to Sacramento, where Arnold served for two terms.

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"First of all, I think it is very important to let everyone know how much you kids hated my job. It was one of those kind of odd things where I just thought that: 'Oh, my kids will be so proud of me being governor now. And all this stuff, but I don't think that you guys really kind of connected with that. I think you were so used to what we were doing when I was on a movie set," Arnold said.

The Terminator star explained that his children were more accustomed to doing their homework in movie studios and joining him on sets where he could be blowing up a building or filming a fight scene.

He further added, "This was your entertainment. So, when you think about after-school programmes, you guys had like the perfect after-school programme."

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However, when all that changed as the family planted roots in Sacramento, Arnold noted that his kids would tell him outright that they hated his job as governor.

According to the Austrian-born bodybuilder turned American politician, his children didn't like the seriousness of California's capital and would ask why their circumstances had changed.

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While his kids weren't ecstatic about his time in office, there was a reason behind Arnold's governor. In his own words, he "had this fixation about fixing the state and making the state better. And so that's why I ran from one moment to the other when there was a recall."

Arnold also went on to commend his ex-wife Maria Shriver, for her support as a working mother and political confidant.

The couple were married from 1986 to 2017, and raised four children together, including Katherine, Patrick, Christopher and Christina.

As per Fox News, Arnold is also a father to Joseph Baena, who was birthed by the Hollywood actor's former housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena.


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