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Seth Rogen explains why he and his wife don't ever want children

Seth Rogen explains why he and his wife don't ever want children

When Steven Barlett asked if Rogen might be happier if he had kids, Rogen doubled down on his stance

Seth Rogen has revealed why he and his wife don’t ever want children, having discussed the topic of parenthood in a new interview.

Rogen, 40, is one of Hollywood’s favourite funnymen, having starred in hilarious comedies such as Superbad, Knocked Up and Pineapple Express.

He puts at least some of this success down to being childless – though explained that’s not the only reason why he’s decided not to have any children.

Speaking to Steven Barlett in the latest episode of The Diary of a CEO podcast, Rogen seemed fairly certain that being without children has ‘definitely’ helped him get ahead in the industry.

Rogen discussed parenthood in a new podcast episode.
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"There's a whole huge thing I'm not doing, which is raising children," he said.

When Barlett asked if Rogen might be happier if he had kids, Rogen doubled down.

"I don't think it would," he replied.

"I've been around a lot of children, I'm not ignorant to what it's like, I've seen everyone I know have kids. I'm 40, I know.

"Some of my friends have had kids for decades, you know. Some people want kids, some people don't want kids.

"I think a lot of people have kids before they even think about it, from what I've seen honestly. You just are told, you got through life, you get married, you have kids - it's what happens."

Rogen got married to wife Lauren Miller Rogen back in 2011, and they’ve never been happier.

Explaining how they have had the discussion about kids, he continued: "Me and my wife, neither of us were like that. Honestly, the older we get the more happy and reaffirmed we are with our choice not to have kids. It was something we kind of talked about more, and we were like, 'Have we made the right choice, are we sure?'

Seth Rogen with wife Lauren.
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"Now, more than anything, the conversation is like, 'Honestly, thank God we don't have children’.

“We get to do whatever we want, we are in the prime of our lives, we are smarter than we've ever been, we understand ourselves more than we ever have, we have the capacity to achieve a level of work and a level of communication and care for one another, and a lifestyle we can live with one another that we've never been able to live before, and we can just do that and we don't have to raise a child - which the world does not need right now."

He'd also previously spoke about his lack of desire to be a dad on The Howard Stern Show last year, having elaborated on how he can take on so many projects.

“The answer is, I don’t have kids,” he explained.

“If people are like, ‘how do you do pottery and write a book and make all these movies and TV shows?’ It’s that I don't have kids, I have nothing else to do.”

Rogen on The Howard Stern Show.
YouTube/The Howard Stern Show

He also told Stern that his wife wants kids ‘even less’ than he does, saying: “The thing is, I think I could wrap my head around it [having kids], but I think she’s just like uh no.”

Rogen added: “We have so much fun. I don’t know anyone who gets as much happiness out of their kids as we get out of our non-kids.”

Stern then offered up his own take on parenthood, saying it’s ‘not an easy haul’ having kids.

"You can’t be narcissistic, you have to give yourself over to parenting, and they’ve gotta be the priority,” he told his guest, who replied: “Yeah, I don’t want that. That does not sound fun to me.”

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Topics: Celebrity, Parenting