Peter Facinelli Talks Family

Peter Facinelli is used to being in the company of the opposite sex. Having grown up with three sisters, the Twilight actor is now raising three daughters – Luca Bella, 12, Lola Ray, 7, and Fiona, 2 – with his wife, 90210 star Jennie Garth. The 35-year-old famous father recently talked to Babble about family life with the “Facinelli Five.”

On how his daughters help to keep him young: “you’ve got to keep a young spirit every day when you have three kids, because having kids makes you go through youth again, in a way. You experience it again through them — like my daughter (Luca Bella) is playing soccer, and to be her coach I had to learn soccer. I read books on it, did clinics.”

On being surrounded by females: “I grew up with three sisters — I was destined to be surrounded by women, I think. I’m used to it now and it’s great. I’m really completely happy with a family of five, the Facinelli five. My wife wants a boy, but it doesn’t really matter to me. Who knows? We’re both young enough to have more.”

On being a famous father: “I think parenting no matter what you do as an occupation is hard. What matters is if you make the occupation more important than the family. If I were a stockbroker or a plumber, I’d try to keep it in balance so I spend the right amount of time with my family. Acting’s the same. Being a celebrity parent I definitely shelter my kids more than other parents do, though. It’s hard sometimes — you go to events and sometimes there are kids there and they’re surrounded with glamour. But my kids aren’t starstruck. And there are perks to being an actor parent, like my daughter getting to be around Twilight, which was something she had read and loved.”

On censoring his daughters’ TV time: “There’s a lot of things they can watch, like Disney Channel. But I won’t let my twelve-year-old watch MTV, because there are some things on there that I think are not appropriate for her. If there’s a movie they want to watch and it’s PG-13, I go online to this parental website where you can see why it’s rated PG-13. Like it’ll say, ‘Fifteen minutes in, a guy looks inappropriately at a woman’s butt,’ blah blah blah. That way I don’t have to sit there and watch the whole movie first.”

On his own favorite kids’ shows: “It’s different for each age — I watch Dora and Blue’s Clues with my two-year-old, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody with my six-year-old old, and my twelve-year-old is still on Hannah Montana. I was actually really enjoying Zack & Cody yesterday — it was a Halloween episode. I think the janitor guy was dressed up like Frankenstein. I thought that actor, the janitor guy, was really funny.”

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this is such a beautiful family! and i cannot believe he had 3 sisters too!


Adorable family!


Such a down to earth guy! He keeps it real simple. We never really see much of this family though, hope to real soon! & Lola is 6 btw!


I love him on Nurse Jackie.


poor kids having to be forced to look at that shirt. Hollywood is so clueless.


I actually met him and i agree that he is a very down to earth guy and i think that raising 3 daughters the way he does is amazing. i think his girls are lucky to have a father that is that caring.