Our parents play a huge role in influencing who we become as adults, for better and for worse. The latter is often the case for the children of famous people, who grow up spoiled and struggle to grapple with life in the shadow of their well-known parent or parents.
That being said, there are a select group of famous people we can all imagine being brilliant parents, and one of them is internationally renowned funnyman Jim Carrey. The 56-year-old has been making us laugh since he got his big break in the early nineties.
While a lot is known about Jim Carrey’s personal life, which has, unfortunately, hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons because of his ex-girlfriend Cathriona White’s suicide, one person in the actor’s life who is rarely mentioned in the media is his daughter Jane.
Check out the video below to see her American Idol audition from 2012:
The 30-year-old is the only child from the actor’s eight-year marriage to Melissa Wome. Unlike her father, who was born in Canada, Jane was born in Los Angeles, California, and her main attempt to follow in his footsteps came when she participated in American Idol in 2012.
Prior to auditioning for the show, Carrey’s daughter, who grew up very much away from the spotlight, spent six years of her life working as a waitress. She is also a doting mom, having given birth to her first child, Jackson, at the age of 22.
Despite being the daughter of one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, Jane has always made it clear that she never wanted to live off her father’s fame and fortune or use it to get ahead in life. Instead, she wants to make a name for herself on her own merit.
While she never reached the finals of American Idol, her stint on the show did lead the talented singer to form The Jane Carrey Band.
Jane and her father have a particularly close bond, and he cheered her on throughout her time on American Idol.
The 30-year-old revealed that they spent as much time together as possible. Whenever he has been working on a movie, for example, she will visit him on set and they will catch up over a coffee.
Carrey is also a doting grandfather to Jackson and when he was born, he shared a picture of him captioned, “Jackson Riley Santana, My Grandson, Born today! This is what 7lbs.11oz. of California dynamite looks like!”
Opening up about what it was like to have Carrey as a father, Jane said, “It was definitely fun growing up with having him as a father.”
But like so many other children of famous people, there has been a downside to her father’s fame and Jane revealed, “It is difficult growing up in the shadow of something and trying to find your place in the world underneath this huge shadow.”
While Jane has admittedly found it difficult to find her own identity because of her father’s fame, the fact that she asked the judges on American Idol not to give her any special treatment is a testament to her desire to make it on her own.
However, it’s hard to deny that one of the most striking things about Jane is that she is the spitting image of her famous father.
Because Carrey himself has been relatively out of the spotlight in recent years, we can only hope that Jane’s music career flourishes so that we can learn more about her in the future. One thing’s for sure – the world needs more of that infectious Carrey smile.
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