Family over fame: ‘Marvel’ star reveals he ditched several Hollywood franchises to spend time with family

Actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson is putting his kids first, turning down numerous blockbuster Hollywood franchises to spend more time with them.

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The “Kraven The Hunter” and “Kick-Ass” star would rather be a good, attentive father than an “actor that goes job to job.”

The young British actor told Esquire that the Hollywood rat race is “f***ing boring” and claims that he prefers normal, “everyday” life with his family. He is married to director Sam Taylor-Johnson, who is 23 years older than he is. The actor was 22 when he tied the knot and is now 33. They started dating when he was 18 and she was 42. Despite the age difference, Taylor-Johnson’s marriage appears to be a happy, strong one.

“I’ve probably talked to you more about my kids and Sam than I have with anybody,” the “James Bond” hopeful said in the interview with Esquire, shutting down further questions about his marriage. “I’ve got really nothing to hide, and I’m secure in what we have.”

“I met Sam as actor and director. I think we’re really great at collaborating,” he shared with the media outlet. “But that’s not why I fell in love with her.”

“But I’m not going to unlock things that are actually precious to me,” he told the outlet, referring to the 23-year age gap with his spouse.

They share two children, Wylda, 13 and Romy, 11. The actor is also stepfather to his wife’s daughters Angelica, 25, and Jessie, 15, whom she shares with ex-husband Jay Jopling.

Taylor-Johnson also starred in “Godzilla” and “Bullet Train” with Brad Pitt. But acting is not his first love… his family is.

“There was ‘Kick-Ass’ and then there was ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Avengers,’ and all those things lined up for me. But I didn’t really care for them,” he told Esquire.

He also noted that he was offered movies “that nobody knows about — big, huge franchises that were in play.”

“[But] I wanted, purely, to be with my babies. I didn’t want to be taken away from them. I battled with what that would be like,” the actor candidly admitted.

“I would say I was probably not ready to be in that position anyway — it was too early. But yeah, I also slightly didn’t give a f***,” he stated.

The actor did three big roles in 2023 including “Kraven,” “The Fall Guy,” and “Nosferatu.” He claimed there were “only 24 hours between each thing.”

Despite that heavy schedule, he slammed being the kind of actor that just goes from one role to another, “In my opinion, the actor that goes job to job becomes f***ing boring. You know that someone’s going to pick you up, take you to work, do your makeup, tell you, ‘Here’s your mark. These are your lines. You’re f***ing great!’ And on to the next job. F*** off.”

“I’m sure people dream of that. If this is what you want to do, that’s great. It doesn’t feed my soul,” Taylor-Johnson asserted.

“I enjoy the normality of things, the everyday stuff. Getting my kids ready in the mornings, taking them to school and activities — that’s plenty. That feeds my soul,” he contended.

He also enjoys country life, telling Esquire, “That’s what I love doing. I have pigs. I have bees!” The actor unbelievably bakes pies and bread and loves every minute of it.

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