Christian Slater Opens Up About Reconnecting with His 'Manic-Depressive' Father: 'We Were Able to Begin to Build a Better Bridge for the Both of Us'
"I was very grateful to be able to communicate with him," Slater told Interview magazine
Christian Slater recently opened up about mending his relationship with his father, actor Michael Hawkins, after an estrangement that lasted for years.
The actor, 45, had a candid discussion with his Nymphomaniac director Lars von Trier in the June-July issue of Interview magazine, in which he said that he has recently reconciled with his dad, now 79, a “manic-depressive schizophrenic.”
“He’s always had trouble – he was a fantastic actor and extraordinarily charismatic and very, very good looking, but he had a really difficult time working with directors, collaborating with people,” Slater told the director, also noting that his mother was his father’s agent.
Slater, a dad of two, also said that he hadn’t spoken to the Amityville Horror actor in nearly a decade. But that recently changed, he explained, and his father is “in a place now, getting a lot of help from someone.”
Though he still hasn’t seen Hawkins in person in a few years, Slater said: “In the last few months my father actually reached out to me and wanted to reconcile and reconnect. I was very grateful to be able to communicate with him. From a tumultuous, back-and-forth relationship, we were able to begin to build a better bridge for the both of us. So that was good.”
Slater’s other father-son relationship is also blossoming. He said in the interview that his 16-year-old son, Jaden, is moving in with him and his wife, Brittany Lopez, 27. (The couple wed in December 2013.)
“But when I look around … I’m certainly happily married, I have a great relationship with my kids,” he said during the chat, adding that he’s “excited to get the opportunity to be a bit more of a father in his life.”
His two children – Slater also has a 13-year-old daughter, Eliana – are from his first marriage, to journalist Ryan Haddon, 44.
Next up for the actor is a psychological thriller series called Mr. Robot, in which he stars as the leader of an underground hacker group. The show premieres June 24 on USA.