Most children of celebrities who earn their own big break in Hollywood choose to embrace their family’s notoriety.
This has been true since the establishment of the Hollywood studio system and took off in the mid to late twentieth century when star power became the best way of getting more prominent roles.
This, however, does not seem to concern actor Joseph Baena.
Despite choosing to follow in his father, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s footsteps, Baena opted not to reply on the name to make it as an actor.
Who Is Joseph Baena?
Joseph Baena was born in 1997 as the product of Schwarzenegger’s affair with his housekeeper, Mildred Baena.
At the time, The Terminator star was married to journalist Maria Shriver.
Shriver filed for divorce when Schwarzenegger revealed in 2011 that he had fathered an illegitimate child.
In a statement to the press, he said:
“I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.”
The former couple has managed to maintain a friendship, and Schwarzenegger continues to have a loving relationship with all five of his children.
Schwarzenegger revealed he had no idea Baena was his son until the boy was about 7 or 8 years old and started to resemble him.
In an interview with SiriusXM radio host Howard Stern, the actor-turned-politician reflected upon his actions at the time, saying:
“I had personal setbacks, but this was, without any doubt, the biggest setback and the biggest failure […] Without any doubt. Not only failure, but you feel like, ‘I’m to blame for it. It was me that screwed up.’ And you can’t point the finger at anyone else. So yeah, I was disappointed in it. It’s always easy to be smart in hindsight. The thing was how do you make the best of that situation?”
Mildred Baena retired from her duties as the family’s housekeeper following the news of the divorce.
Baena’s Relationship With His Father
Since his split from Shriver, Schwarzenegger has been public about Baena’s involvement in their family.
Being the illegitimate son of one of the most famous entertainment figures in the world is no easy feat, yet Baena has handled the situation with grace.
His father told Stern that Baena is “terrific” and that “he totally understands the situation.”
“It’s a very tough situation for him. It’s a very tough situation for my kids. Very tough situation for my family. It was tough for everybody. But it has happened and now we have to figure it out, right?”
Schwarzenegger often shares photos of all his children on social media and makes sure to include Baena as often as he can.
He posted a series of photos on Twitter in honor of his son’s twenty-fourth birthday back in October.
Baena made sure to include his father in a post thanking everyone for their well wishes.
His Career As A Real Estate Agent
In May 2021, Baena announced he had launched a career in residential real estate.
He revealed his career ambition in an Instagram post detailing his process.
Baena stated that he would be based in West Los Angeles and Silicon Beach, California. He asked his followers to send him a message in case they or anyone they knew were in need of a home in the area.
Prior to his newly-formed career as a realtor, Baena recreated his father’s infamous bodybuilder pose and had been updating his followers on his fitness journey.
Baena On Why He Uses His Mother’s Name
When asked why he does not use his father’s last name in professional projects, Baena told E! News that he wanted to build a career in entertainment on his own.
He was honest about his father’s impact on his life and how Schwarzenegger is one of his biggest influences.
He told E!:
“I mean, my dad is a stallion. He’s a man’s man, I like to think, and I look up to him a lot,” Joseph added. “So in a way, he’s influenced a lot of things: the path that I have taken with acting, with fitness and my physique, and the many other things that I’m doing.”
Baena’s siblings include the author and lifestyle guru Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt and model Patrick Schwarzenegger.
Details About His Upcoming Project
Baena is slated to star in the Bitlifx action thriller, Lava, a comedy-thriller about a group of young men and women who embark on a chaotic adventure in Hawaii.
Their getaway quickly takes a turn after the group messed around with some local folklore, turning the idyllic summer flick into a darker story.
Joseph Baena says the project is exciting and that he is excited for audiences to see it.
Of his personal life, he says he is going to spend the holiday season with his family, a tradition Schwarzenegger’s fans are happy to see upheld.
He spends much of his free time in the gym, claiming he spends hours working out while maintaining a healthy diet to keep his bodybuilder figure intact.
When asked about his dream role Baena replied it would definitely be a cowboy in a Western-genre film, saying:
“I want to wear the hat, the boots, and I know, how to ride horses.”
The actor says he does a fair bit of riding in Lava.
Many of his Instagram followers who have kept up with the filming process in Hawaii have noted an uncanny resemblance to Baena’s father, often referring to the fact that Baena looks like a young Schwarzenegger in his Terminator days.
Some even say that if the film series is rebooted, Baena should be cast in the role that launched his father to stardom.
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