Corey Stoll Reveals Son Avoids 'Ant-Man' for Finding Dad's Villain Role 'Weird'

Corey Stoll discusses family and fame in candid interview

by Zain ul Abedin
Corey Stoll Reveals Son Avoids 'Ant-Man' for Finding Dad's Villain Role 'Weird'
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Corey Stoll, known for his role as the menacing Yellowjacket in Marvel's 2015 hit "Ant-Man," shared in a recent interview with People magazine that his young son, Nico, finds it unsettling to watch him play a villain. At just eight years old, Nico attempted to watch his father in the superhero film but was quickly disconcerted.

"He was like, 'This is weird,'" Stoll recounted, explaining that his son finds the idea of seeing him as the antagonist rather odd. This sentiment reflects a unique aspect of actor-family dynamics, where the lines between the on-screen persona and the parent can blur intriguingly.

Stoll, whose credits include significant roles in "House of Cards" and "Billions," appeared alongside Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, and Evangeline Lilly in "Ant-Man." Although his character seemingly met his demise in the film, Stoll made a comeback in the 2023 sequel, "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania," albeit under the guise of M.O.D.O.K., adding a new layer to his Marvel character arc.

Fame as a Byproduct

Aside from discussing his Marvel roles, Stoll also opened up about the broader implications of fame on his family life. He emphasized the importance of keeping fame peripheral in their lives, a sentiment he and his wife, Nadia Bowers, actively cultivate.

During a work trip to Italy, the couple took the opportunity to expose Nico to the creative process behind acting, underscoring that fame is merely a byproduct, not the goal. "He actually got to see what went into creating the work," said Stoll, highlighting the educational aspect of the trip.

"That was really important for us, for him to know that I’m not doing this to be famous. It’s not fame for fame’s sake. That fame is a byproduct and something that helps you get more work, but it’s the work that is why I do it and what gives me satisfaction." Through these reflections, Stoll provides a glimpse into the personal and professional balancing act that many actors navigate, offering insight into the realities behind the glitz of celebrity life.