Minnie Driver And The Curious Case Of The Hidden Father
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I became a fan of English actress Minnie Driver after her star turn in Good Will Hunting
in 1997. Drivers good looks and charm had her seemingly poised for stardom. She then starred in the box office flop Hard Rain
, and while she kept acting in smaller films and TV, nothing came close to the fame she gained working on Good Will Hunting
I read a story
from British newspaper The Observer
which featured Driver offering a revealing look into her private life. Before now, Driver had been mum about the identity of her three-year old sons father. She was still vague in her revelation during her interview, only opting to say there isnt much to the story.
"We weren't together and he wasn't directly in the business," she said. So I chose to protect him and not have a rain of publicity. I know, but it's ridiculous. He's not famous. There's no big story. I don't need to protect him anymore. He can fend for himself. He's a grown-up.
The unnamed mystery dad was a writer on short-lived television series The Riches of which Driver was a co-star. Driver shared some opinion of the fathers parenting duties. He's figuring it out. I mean, he hasn't been that involved; his choice. But he is now, she said.
Drivers cavalier decision to keep the father out of the limelight may be a manifestation of her own upbringing. Drivers father was a married man with a family who had no idea that Minnie and her sister existed. Although Drivers mother was her dads mistress, she doesnt seem to hold any ill will towards her father for his choices. She even compared herself to her father, neatly saying he lived his life.
For Minnie's son, Henry, one can only hope that his mom and dad will become effective co-parents and allow a relationship to build as it should. Driver has seen many mistakes up close when it comes to fatherhood. It would make sense for her to include her sons father in raising their child. While I find it curious that Driver shared the news after hiding the facts for three years, perhaps this is her attempt in giving Henry a chance to know his father in the best ways possible.Father Factor readers, what do you think about Minnie Drivers decision to speak openly about her son's father? Tell us in the comments below or tweet to us at @TheFatherFactor. You can also like and comment on our Facebook page by following this link.