|Spanish actor Antonio Banderas, his wife actress Melanie Griffith (right), their daughter Estela del Carmen (left) and actress Daryl Hannah pose during a photocall after their arrival for the Starlite Charity Gala in Marbella on Aug 4, 2012. - REUTERS/Jon Nazca
Actor Antonio Banderas (Puss in Boots, The Legend of Zorro) has one daughter with actress wife Melanie Griffith. Stella was born in 1996.
Griffith has two children from her previous marriages – Alexander (born 1985) and Dakota (born 1989).
Banderas tells ModernMom.com:
“My babies live under different circumstances probably than other kids. Hollywood is not probably the best place in the world to raise kids. You have to be very careful for many different reasons.
“One of the reasons is the perception that they may have about what life is all about. Life is not Beverly Hills. There are other people around the world that live in completely different circumstances. And so their mother and I, when I was working at the beginning of our relationship and I was working a lot outside of the country in Argentina, in Mexico and some other countries, we used to take them with us.
“It was very interesting for us to put our kids in the position that they can see how other kids live in different cities, you know, where they don’t have so many opportunities, where they live under strong political or social circumstances, in the outskirts of the city where they don’t have any schools, sometimes. It's important that our kids see all the realities so they can compare to the reality that they live.
“At the same time, I feel a little bit guilty because I spend a lot of time - because my professional life - outside of the house, so it’s difficult sometimes just to keep up with the kids as a normal family. Sometimes they spend two, three, four months outside of the house. So what we try to do is just keep a line open with their mother so I can always receive information about their studies, whatever they’re doing, and try, in a way, to establish our principles, which are not based so much in strong discipline but in dialogue. That’s what we try to do as much as we can, you know, because Hollywood is a wrong perception of the world that we don’t want them to have.”