Actor and comedian Seth Rogen has made headlines in recent days, following a revealing interview on The Diary of a CEO podcast. Speaking to host Steven Bartlett, Rogen candidly discussed the reasons behind his and wife Lauren Miller's choice not to have children.
The couple's decision has had a significant impact on their lives, as Rogen explains in the interview.
Positive Impacts of Not Having Children
The 40-year-old Pineapple Express star spoke about the ways in which his and Miller's decision not to have children has positively impacted their lives.
When Bartlett brought up the topic of the couple's childlessness, Rogen was quick to respond. "That has helped me succeed as well. Definitely," he said. He then went on to explain that not being a parent means "there's a whole huge thing I'm not doing, which is raising children".
Bartlett argued that some might say Rogen would be "happier" if he and Miller were to have children, but the actor disagreed. "I don't think it would," Rogen said. "Some people want kids. Some people don't want kids." He went on to suggest that "a lot of people have kids before they even think about it." Speaking more explicitly about personal experience, Rogen clarified that children were something neither he nor Miller had ever wanted, and that with age, they are becoming more confident in their decision.
"Now, more than anything, the conversation is honestly, thank god we don't have children," Rogen admitted.
The Benefits of Childlessness
Rogen went on to explain the many benefits of not having 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," he said. "And we can just do that and we don't have to raise a child, which the world does not need right now." The actor also noted that he and his wife are "very happy" with their decision to not have children, and that they seem to get a lot more enjoyment out of not having kids than anyone he knows seems to get out of having them.
"Me and my wife seem to get a lot more active enjoyment out of not having kids than anyone I know seems to get out of having kids," he added while laughing.