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We recognize their faces, they are known for their roles in movies and TV-shows, but the most important role of their lives is at home: being Dad. Bill Rancic, Boris Kodjoe, David Alan Basche and Johnathon Schaech open about the amazing relationship with their children, their priority list and how they navigate fatherhood without a script.

DAVID ALAN BASCHE

Actor I Husband I Liv’s Dad

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Photo Credit:  Photo by JSquared Photography

NCW: How would your daughter describe you as a parent?


DAB: I just asked Liv what kind of Dad she thinks I am, and she said “he’s a very silly Daddy and he loves me more than like a quadrillion billion mint chocolate chip ice cream cones!” So there you have it.  

NCW: Name one sitcom dad that you think you are most like.


DAB: Bill Cosby as Cliff Huxtable. Strong but fair, serious but fun. And I love Jell-O pudding.

NCW: If you could give soon-to-be fathers one piece of advice what would it be?


DAB:  As the tattoo on my left wrist says: “There Is No Perfect.” Accept now that you will make mistakes in your parenting. You will miss some important moments, you will communicate poorly with your spouse, you will drop stuff and forget stuff and lose your temper and lose your patience. And still, you will be a great Dad, because if you truly love your children unconditionally, that’s the thing. Also, those up-the-back poops are horrific. Good luck.

NCW: Finish the following sentence:  Fatherhood made me…


DAB:  A better man than I ever thought possible, and I’m so grateful.

 

BILL RANCIC

TV Personality I Husband I Duke’s Dad

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Photo courtesy of E!

NCW: How do you balance your family life with being in the public eye?

BR: Giuliana and I both chose to live life in the public eye and to share our journey with others, but we definitely make a point to put our relationship and Duke first.  We try to frequent places where paparazzi don’t go, we have a great life in our home and we focus on family to keep us grounded.

NCW: If he could, how would Duke describe you as a parent? 

BR: Hopefully he knows that he’s loved and would describe me as responsible, rational and fun.

NCW: What is one thing that you learned from your father, which you would like to pass on to your child? 

BR: My dad died when I was young so I learned from him to make the most of every day.

NCW: If you could give soon-to-be fathers one piece of advice what would it be?

BR: GET PLENTY OF SLEEP NOW!

NCW: Finish the following sentence:  Fatherhood made me…

BR: Appreciate the little things even more.

 

BORIS KODJOE

Actor I Husband I Sophie & Nicolas’ Dad

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Photo courtesy of Boris Kodjoe

NCW: How do you balance your family life with being in the public eye?
BK: There’s no balancing. My family is my one and only priority. Everything else comes second.

NCW: How would your children describe you as a parent?


BK: Sophie & Nico said, “Nice, strong, protective, caring, full of muscles with an itchy beard.”

NCW: Name one TV dad that you think you are most like.
      

BK: Bill Cosby. A mixture of bad cop and secret ally.

NCW: Have you ever said to your kids, “Don’t tell mom”?  If so, what was the reason / adventure / mishap that prompted those words?

BK: I can’t share that information without incriminating myself, but it had to do with a huge bottle of bubble bath, an overflowing bathtub, and a foam party.

NCW: Finish the following sentence:  Fatherhood made me…

BK: Into a man with a true purpose, and the only legacy that matters to me – my children.

 

JOHNATHON SCHAECH

Actor I Author I Husband I Camden Quinn’s Dad

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Photo Credit:  Photo by Alan Mercer

NCW: How do you balance your family life with being in the public eye?

JS: Stay grounded and put family first.  I try to be home as much as possible.  I traveled so much last year that I received a Companion Pass from Southwest Airlines

NCW: How would your son describe you as a parent? 

JS: At seven months, I don’t think he’d say I was his parent. I’m just his best buddy who he can count on.

NCW: Name one TV dad that you think you are most like. 

JS: Thomas Jane in HUNG! I’m starting to finally use the gifts God gave me for the greater good. Ha!

NCW: What is one thing that you learned from your father, which you would like to pass on to your child?   

JS: Keep God in your heart and you will make it.

NCW: Finish the following sentence:  Fatherhood made me…   

JS: Grateful for all those missed steps, broken roads and failed auditions.

 

Interview from The Daddy Issue 2014