"I would say I'm enchanting [as a dad], but I don't know what the children would say," Hugh Grant joked Wednesday on Good Morning America

By Jen Juneau
October 21, 2020 10:20 AM
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Hugh Grant could have backup-career potential as a hair stylist ... but maybe not if his kids have anything to say about it.

The Undoing actor, 60, appeared on Good Morning America Wednesday, where he talked about life as of late amid the COVID-19 lockdown and how he had "learned to cut hair" to pass the time — starting small.

"I started by cutting my daughter's Barbie's hair out of sheer boredom, and I discovered I was extremely talented," said the father of five, jokingly. "Then I started cutting my children's hair, whether they wanted a haircut or not. I just strapped them to a chair and cut their hair."

Elaborating on how he rates himself as an overall dad, Grant quipped, "I would say I'm enchanting, but I don't know what the children would say."

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"I do have some of my dad's traits," the Love Actually actor continued. "He was ex-Army — and lovely, lovely — but suddenly, out of nowhere, the most terrifying bark would come."

"And I notice I do that. It makes all the kids cry. It makes my wife cry. It makes the neighbors cry," he joked.

Grant is dad to son Felix Chang, 7½, and daughter Tabitha Xaio Xi, 9, with ex Tinglan Hong, as well as a 2½-year-old, a 4½-year-old daughter and son John Mungo, 8, with wife Anna Eberstein, whom he married in May 2018.

And he couldn't be more thankful. "I have no complaints; I'm one of the lucky ones," he said on GMA Wednesday, joking, "Having said that, I'm quite old and my children are very young and I can't say that's entirely easy."

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In a recent conversation with costar Nicole Kidman for Marie Claire, Grant opened up about shooting the new HBO thriller The Undoing in New York City for five months while his family stayed home in London. (Production wrapped in 2019, and the limited series was originally intended to air in May but was delayed due to the pandemic.)

Kidman brought her daughters with husband Keith Urban Faith Margaret, 9½, and Sunday Rose, 12 — from Nashville, Tennessee, to the Big Apple for the production, which Grant said he should've done too, in hindsight.

"You had your family with you, which was, I think, very sensible," he told Kidman, 53. "I thought, 'Oh, fantastic opportunity to get away from my screaming children.' I left everyone in London. And then as soon as I got to New York each time I came out to film, I missed so much. It was awful."

"I remember almost every scene I acted in made me cry," Grant continued. "I remember [director] Susanne Bier having to say, 'Hugh, you're only asking for a cup of coffee, so maybe tears are not appropriate.' "