Joseph Baena Reveals Why He Didn’t Take Father Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Last Name
Growing up with his mom, Mildred Baena (the housekeeper Schwarzenegger had an affair with while married to ex-wife Maria Shriver), Baena used to be nervous around his dad and did not want to be looked down upon for partying. Now, however, the two are closer than ever.
“I’m so close to my dad and we joke about everything,” the young actor told Unwaxed. “He always wants to hear about the drama. He’s like, ‘Tell me everything! Tell me the drama. Tell me about these girls.'”
Schwarzenegger being down-to-earth makes it very easy for him.
“Introducing the girls to him has been great because he’s outgoing,” Baena said. “He’s so casual with it. Whenever I’ve brought a girl over for dinner or something, we’ve always dressed not like super nice, but just dressed up a little and he’s in his sweats. He’s like, ‘What are you guys dressed up for?'”
Although Baena loves his father very much, he decided to not take on his last name.
“I’m doing my own thing,” he stated. “I’m already doing so much and I’m already succeeding and moving forward with my goal so that’s the last thing on my on my mind right now.”
Baena will star in multiple upcoming films including horror thriller, Lava.