Kevin Bacon, the versatile actor known for his roles in movies like "Footloose" and "Leave the World Behind," recently shared some intriguing details about his early days in New York City and his current life at home on "The Kelly Clarkson Show."
Humble Beginnings in the Big Apple
Bacon's journey in New York City began in 1976 with a modest budget of $150 a month for an apartment.
"I don't know how I got the math on that, but that's what I had decided," he reminisced. His search led him to an advertisement in the back of the Village Voice for an 'Artists, actors, musicians residence.' This turned out to be a far cry from his expectations, as Bacon described it as "basically a flophouse." Despite the less-than-ideal living conditions, this period marked the start of an enduring friendship.
Bacon was forced to live with a roommate he met at the rental office, a classical pianist who worked nights at the Copacabana. "We lived together for four years," Bacon said. "In fact, I just had lunch with him the other day." The experience of sharing a space with a fellow artist, listening to him play at home, was something Bacon recalled as "really cool."
From Living with Roommates to Cooking with Family
Fast forward to the present, and Bacon's living situation has evolved significantly.
In a recent conversation with PEOPLE, he opened up about his love of spending time in the kitchen with his wife, Kyra Sedgwick. "We really switch off. We love to cook, and we love to eat," he shared. This passion for cooking and enjoying meals together has been a cornerstone of their family life, extending to their children, Sosie, 31, and Travis, 34.
Interestingly, Bacon and Sedgwick never formally taught their children to cook. "We never gave them lessons," he explained. "But just in the course of life, they've ended up making great, great dishes, and they both really enjoy it." The transition from a struggling artist in a cramped New York apartment to a family man who finds joy in cooking and sharing meals with loved ones underscores Bacon's journey.
It highlights the universal theme of growth and change, reminding us that our beginnings don't define us, but rather, they shape the narratives of our lives.