8 Celebs Reveal the Best Life Lessons They've Learned from Their Famous Fathers
Dad really does know best
Miley and Billy Ray Cyrus are famously tight. After all, the pair costarred on Hannah Montana together for four seasons. Miley even wrote a song, "I Learned From You," about the lessons she's taken away from her pops through the years. In it, Miley sings that Billy Ray taught her "that strength is something you choose" while she taught him to trust her to make her own decisions.
It doesn't matter how successful dad is: in the Eastwood family, nothing is handed to you. "My dad was pretty old school," The Fate of the Furious star told PEOPLE about growing up with Clint Eastwood. If Scott wanted something, from a young age, he had to work for it. "I've had a job since I can remember and it's not like he was like, 'Hey, what kind of car do you want?' My first car was a '91 Ford Crown Victoria that was $1,000," he shared. "And I had to buy every car after that. I had to do it all."
The Big Little Lies star learned to embrace her culture with the help of her legendary father, Lenny Kravitz's guidance. "I went to private schools full of white kids. I think a lot of that made me want to blend in or not be looked at as black," she told Allure. But now: "I'm so in love with my culture and so proud to be black. My dad especially has always been very connected to his history, and it's important to him that I understand where I come from."
Lionel Richie taught the designer about fame and its impact on one's self-worth. "My father told me fame is fame, it's going to go up and it's going to go down," Nicole said in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. "You're going to get good reactions, bad reactions. That cannot be part of who you are. You have to let it live over here."
At a young age, the "Blurred Lines" crooner began taking lessons from his late father, Growing Pains star Alan Thicke, on women, love and dating. "He was always very intuitive. And very smooth," Robin said of his dad in an interview with Elle. "He didn't really tell me what to do. He told me what not to do, which is actually more important." Robin then recalled one of these instances for the magazine: "We were on vacation and some pretty girl walked by. I started ogling her like a 12-year-old boy, and he said, "I know she's pretty, but you stared at her and followed her across the room. What if there's a prettier girl sitting two tables away? Now she's not going to feel special. She'll say, 'You look at all the girls like that.' You've gotta play it cool so you don't look like you're desperate."
Dads come in all forms. And for Hudson, mom Goldie Hawn's longtime partner, Kurt Russell, served as the leading father figure in her life. Russell doled out parental wisdom after Hudson lost out on the Best Supportive Actress Oscar in 2001 for Almost Famous. "Something Kurt said to me at the Oscars after I lost [was] 'Congratulations. You can now go have your career,' " Hudson said on the No Limits With Rebecca Jarvis podcast. "[That] was, like, such a great thing to say, because it's just starting, I was 21, so it was kind of amazing to have that so young and then just start working and having that kind of demand at a young age is just incredible."
Rumer credits her dad, Bruce Willis, for helping to shape her music preferences (among other things!) which helped influence her decision to pursue a singing career. She told PEOPLE: "His music taste is just all over the place, but when I was growing up, it was so much jazz and cool R&B and blues and all of this different stuff."
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD
Bryce Dallas's father, Ron Howard, found fame at a young age, having starred on The Andy Griffith Show when he was 6 years old. But life in the Howard house was down to earth - and the actress credits her dad (and her mom!) for teaching her practical skills. "We lived way out in the boonies in Connecticut - there weren't a lot of people coming to visit," she said of her childhood in an interview with The Guardian. "We had goats, sheep, miniature horses and chickens. My parents taught me many of the things that people need in life to feel confident: practical things, such as managing finances, mucking out the goat barn, cleaning a house, doing repairs, mending a broken roof or a toilet."