Growing up as the children of famous parents, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver, came with certain privileges for the four Schwarzenegger kids.
However, their parents instilled in them the values of empathy, responsibility, and self-sufficiency. As a result, when their eldest son Patrick decided to pursue acting, he was fully aware of the weight of his family name and chose not to rely on it for easy entry into Hollywood.
Recently, on April 12, Patrick Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver appeared on The Squeeze podcast on YouTube, where Shriver discussed her son’s acting journey with hosts Taylor Lautner and his wife, Taylor Dome.
Shriver expressed her pride in her son and shared her thoughts on his approach to his acting career.
Despite winning a Golden Globe in 1977, it wasn’t until 1982 that Arnold Schwarzenegger achieved a breakthrough with his iconic role in Conan the Barbarian.
Known for his determination to pave his own path in the industry, Schwarzenegger was resolute in building his own contacts and assembling his own team, as revealed by Maria Shriver. Moreover, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been supportive of his son Patrick’s decision to pursue his own career.
Patrick Schwarzenegger, in an interview with Cosmopolitan in 2018, spoke about his father’s unwavering support for his acting aspirations.
Following in his mother’s and father’s footsteps, Patrick was encouraged by Arnold to ignore the naysayers and emphasized the value of hard work as irreplaceable.
In his interview with Cosmopolitan, Patrick Schwarzenegger also touched upon the topic of breaking free from his father’s shadow. The Midnight Sun star shared his aspirations of being recognized for his own merits, and not solely as “Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son.”
About Arnold Schwarzenegger
Arnold Schwarzenegger, born on July 30, 1947, in Thal, Styria, Austria, is a renowned Austrian-American actor, politician, former professional bodybuilder, and successful businessman.
He first gained global recognition as a bodybuilder, winning the prestigious Mr. Universe title at the young age of 20 and going on to become a seven-time Mr. Olympia champion, earning him a reputation as one of the greatest bodybuilders in history.
With a net worth of $450 million, Schwarzenegger’s accomplishments extend beyond his bodybuilding career.
Schwarzenegger’s transition to acting was equally successful, as he starred in a series of blockbuster films, including the iconic “The Terminator” franchise, “Predator,” “Total Recall,” “Kindergarten Cop,” “Twins,” and many others, solidifying his status as a Hollywood superstar.
Apart from his achievements in the entertainment industry, Schwarzenegger also made a foray into politics, serving as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011.
During his time in office, he focused on important issues such as environmental conservation, healthcare reform, and infrastructure improvement.
As a vocal advocate for physical fitness and bodybuilding, Schwarzenegger has authored several books, including his autobiography titled “Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story is a testament to his multifaceted success and indelible impact in various fields.