Tom Hollander Emotional Over Newborn Son: 'He's Finally Here'

Hollander Balances Fatherhood with Stellar Acting Career

by Zain ul Abedin
Tom Hollander Emotional Over Newborn Son: 'He's Finally Here'
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Tom Hollander, the esteemed actor known for his role in the upcoming FX and Hulu series "Feud: Capote Vs. The Swans," recently opened up about his journey into fatherhood with his partner, interior designer Fran Hickman. The couple, who welcomed their first child last year, have been embracing the joys and challenges of parenting.

In a heartfelt interview on "LIVE with Kelly and Mark," Hollander shared his experiences as a first-time father at a later stage in life. The "White Lotus" actor, who previously harbored reservations about parenthood, confessed to hosts Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos that the arrival of his son marked a significant shift in his life.

"For many years, the thought of being a dad wasn't on my radar," Hollander admitted. "But as time passed, I realized what I was missing. And now, here he is, which is absolutely wonderful." Hollander's entry into fatherhood has not only brought joy to him and Hickman but also to his elderly parents.

"They had almost given up hope of me having children," he joked. "Seeing them with their grandchild in their late 80s is incredibly special."

Capote's Legacy: Hollander Reflects

As Hollander navigates the new terrain of fatherhood, his professional life continues to flourish.

He stars as Truman Capote in "Feud: Capote Vs. The Swans," a series that delves into the complex relationships between the famed author and his high-society friends. The series, produced by Ryan Murphy, premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

The star-studded event was attended by notable cast members, including Calista Flockhart, Chloë Sevigny, Diane Lane, Molly Ringwald, Naomi Watts, and Demi Moore. Reflecting on Capote's views on today's celebrity-obsessed culture, Hollander, in a conversation with PEOPLE on the red carpet, speculated that the author would have had a disdainful yet rebellious stance.

"Capote, always the rebel, would likely have had strong opinions about the public's fascination with celebrities and their personal lives," he observed. Parallel to Hollander's new fatherhood journey, his co-star Chloë Sevigny, also a parent to a young son, shared her own experiences.

"Watching my son's growth – his expanding vocabulary, imagination, love, and empathy – is an absolute joy, even though it comes with its challenges," she commented to PEOPLE. As Hollander and Sevigny navigate the intricate balance of parenting and their careers, they exemplify the diverse paths to fulfillment in both personal and professional realms.

Their stories resonate with many who find themselves at the crossroads of family and career, highlighting the beauty and complexities of life's various stages.