Jack Quaid Didn’t Know His Parents Were Famous Until Their Divorce, Now He’s A Rising Hollywood Star


The Apple Didn’t Fall Far…

Jack Quaid happens to be the son of two of the biggest stars in Hollywood. His mom and dad, Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, hit it off after working on set together and eventually tied the knot. However, between the pressures of fame and rumored affairs, their marriage simply didn’t last. Despite their rocky relationship, Jack still came out the other end pretty normal and today, he is one of the most talented up-and-coming stars in Hollywood…

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The Apple Didn’t Fall Far…

Match Made In Hollywood

Funnily enough, sparks didn’t immediately fly when Meg Ryan first met Dennis Quaid. They first worked together on the 1987 sci-fi flick Innerspace. However, it wasn’t until they worked together for the second time that they truly started to hit it off. A year later, they co-starred in the thriller D.O.A. It was only then that the two started dating. A couple of years later, on Valentine’s Day of 1991, the couple tied the knot and it wasn’t long before they had more good news…

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Match Made In Hollywood

A Star Is Born?

Just over a year after Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid tied the knot, they welcomed a baby boy into the world. Jack Henry Quaid was born on April 24, 1992, in Los Angeles. It was one of the happiest days of their lives and just like that, the Quaids were officially one of the most beloved families in all of Hollywood. Little did they know though that this little baby would grow to be as famous as them…

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A Star Is Born?

His Upbringing Wasn’t “Normal”

It shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that Jack Quaid’s childhood wasn’t exactly normal. When you have two iconic actors as your parents, there are going to be some extraordinary moments. “I acknowledge fully that the way that I grew up was not normal,” he said. “Despite what my parents do, they’re still a mom and a dad. They’re not like their characters at the dinner table.” Jack didn’t realize how much he would benefit from his abnormal upbringing…

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His Upbringing Wasn’t “Normal”

He Grew Up On Film Sets

From a very early age, Jack Quaid was familiar with the movie industry and not just because of who his parents are. He claims to have spent a lot of time on film sets during his childhood, getting to play with the cast and crew alike. “I would just go in there and eat as much candy as I want,” he said. However, there was one corner of his childhood that he was fairly oblivious to…

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He Grew Up On Film Sets

It Was Russell Crowe’s Fault?

Around the turn of the millenium, the cracks in Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid’s marriage started to show. The deterioration of their relationship seemed to coincide with reports that Ryan was having an affair with Russell Crowe. These reports surfaced after the two worked together on the movie Proof of Life. Needless to say, journalists went wild. However, Ryan was quick to play down Crowe’s involvement in their marriage coming to an end. There were other reasons at play…

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It Was Russell Crowe’s Fault?

They Were Already Doomed

Despite what happened between Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe, she claimed that he had nothing to do with why her marriage broke down. “Russell didn’t break up the marriage,” she said. “He was definitely there at the end, but it wasn’t his fault.” According to her, her marriage fizzled out before the press was even able to write about it ad nauseam. In fact, Ryan insisted that no one else was to blame for the divorce besides themselves. However, she has since contradicted that sentiment…

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They Were Already Doomed

It’s Over

At the time, Meg Ryan’s reported affair with Russell Crowe wasn’t even being discussed. However, fans were made well aware that the married couple was on their way to splitting up. In June 2000, the couple announced that they were officially separating and just over a year later, they finalized their divorce. For a few years, no clear information came out about why things had gone the way they did. Eventually, though, Ryan spoke up and added a new detail to the story…

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It’s Over

He Cheated On Me Too

Nearly a decade passed after the divorce before Ryan was able to speak up about an important detail leading up to her divorce with Dennis Quaid. In an interview with InStyle, she claimed that she wasn’t the only one who had been unfaithful during her marriage. “Dennis was not faithful to me for a long time, and that was very painful,” she said. “I found out more about that once I was divorced.” There was more to it than that though…

He Cheated On Me Too

Fame Ruined Their Marriage

Just a couple of years ago, Dennis Quaid claimed that fame was another reason why his marriage with Meg Ryan fell apart. Originally, Quaid was the one who was a big Hollywood star. However, when Meg Ryan burst onto the scene and became the queen of rom-coms, Dennis felt overshadowed. “We’d go out on the streets of New York and it would be like, ‘Meg! Meg!’ And I have to admit it, I actually did feel like I disappeared,” he said.

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Fame Ruined Their Marriage

Jack Knew What Was Happening

In 2001, Jack Quaid was only eight years old and couldn’t fully comprehend what his parents were going through. However, he wasn’t completely oblivious to his parents’ separation either. “You’re old enough to know what’s going on, but young enough to be kind of naïve about it. It’s a whole deal,” he said. Dennis Quaid was also aware that Jack knew more than he probably should have at the age of eight. And for that, he is forever sorry…

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Jack Knew What Was Happening

Dennis Felt Sorry For His Son

In light of the developments that Meg Ryan shared with the public years later, Dennis Quaid wasn’t pleased in the slightest. “It was eight years ago, and I find it unbelievable that Meg continues publicly to rehash and rewrite the story of our relationship,” he said. “Also, I find it regrettable that our son, Jack, has to be reminded in a public way of the turmoil and pain that every child feels in a divorce.”

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Dennis Felt Sorry For His Son

He Didn’t Know They Were Famous

Although he was fairly aware of the issues his parents faced, Jack Quaid was seemingly less aware of their celebrity status. In fact, it seems like the moment that their divorce was plastered on the news was when the young boy realized that his parents were pretty famous. “I was like, ‘Oh, OK, so everyone knows.’ Then, yeah, I knew [they were famous], but it was just kind of normal to me,” he said. “They were just my parents.”

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He Didn’t Know They Were Famous

They Didn’t Want Him To Act

It is well-documented that Jack Quaid eventually chose to follow in his parents’ footsteps and become an actor. However, Meg and Dennis weren’t so enthusiastic about the idea when Jack was a child. In fact, they wouldn’t let him audition for an acting role until he reached the age of 18. “If I had just parents that weren’t actors, I would still be over the moon to have this job,” he said. It seemed inevitable that Jack would find some sort of success…

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They Didn’t Want Him To Act?

His First Role Was In A Blockbuster

Some actors have to pay their dues in a handful of roles before they land their first big part. However, Jack hit the ground running in 2012, when he made his film debut in the movie The Hunger Games. He was aware that the character he was cast as, Marvel, was hated by fans of the book. “When I got cast, I was told that people would be spitting on me in the streets,” he said. This didn’t stop him from relishing the opportunity though.

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His First Role Was In A Blockbuster

He Finally Watched ‘When Harry Met Sally’

It seems like Jack Quaid followed in his mother’s footsteps in more ways than one. The actor told Jimmy Kimmel that while preparing for his role in the rom-com Plus One, he did his fair share of research. In fact, Jack finally watched his mother’s classic movie When Harry Met Sally for the first time. “I finished it and I immediately started crying because of how proud I was of her,” he said.

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He Never Watched When Harry Met Sally?

Taking Direction From His Mom

While Jack’s career is in its infant stages, for lack of a better term, his mother Meg has slowly eased back into the world of show business in recent times. Amazingly, the mother-son duo have already worked together. In 2015, she stepped behind the camera and directed Jack in the coming-of-age flick Ithaca. Although the movie wasn’t much of a hit, critically or commercially, Meg and Jack thoroughly enjoyed working together. Needless to say, Jack has recently stolen headlines with a very different role…

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Meg Directed Him

He’s One Of The Boys

Arguably the role that has truly put Jack Quaid on the map recently was his performance in the Amazon Prime TV series The Boys. Quaid plays the protagonist of the series, Hughie, who is an average joe who loses his girlfriend under tragic circumstances. He soon joins forces with a crew of misfits to take down superheroes who abuse their celebrity power. The first season has received rave reviews and Jack is currently filming season two.

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He’s One Of The Boys

He Hopes His Relationship Will Last

After seeing what fame and pressure did to his parents, Jack Quaid hopes that he won’t experience the same problems in his love life as he gets more famous. It appears that the young superstar is currently dating fellow actress Lizzy McGroder. At least, the two look very close on their social media accounts. While parents Meg and Dennis haven’t commented on the couple’s relationship, the future looks a little brighter for Jack and Lizzy.

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He Hopes His Relationship Will Last

Sisterly Love

Ever since his parents’ divorce, Jack Quaid seems to have rolled with the punches and has adapted to the life decisions Meg and Dennis have made since then. A few years after the divorce, his mom decided that she wanted another child. So she adopted a girl, who she named Daisy True. As soon as he learned that he was getting a sister, Jack was delighted and since then, the two have a developed a tight bond as brother and sister.

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Sisterly Love

He’s Tight With Dennis’s Family

Meg Ryan wasn’t the only one who moved on after her divorce. Dennis Quaid ended up marrying again, this time to real-estate broker Kimberly Buffington. Despite having twins via a surrogate, Dennis and Kimberly decided to go their separate ways after 12 years together. Nevertheless, Jack has also maintained a close relationship with his half-siblings, continuing to be the healthy mediator in this growingly complicated family. And as if that wasn’t enough, Jack faced another potentially life-changing moment along the way…

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He’s Tight With Dennis’s Family

New Father Figure?

Another chapter of Meg Ryan’s life that was bound to affect her son in some sort of way is her relationship with singer John Mellencamp. Having dated on and off since 2011, the couple recently announced their engagement. Some were surprised though when Jack announced how excited he was for them. “I’m just super psyched,” he said. “It’s just incredible – the two of them are so happy together.” At the end of the day though, Dennis will always be Jack’s dad…

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New Father Figure?

He Can’t Avoid His Family

While he is desperate to make a name for himself beyond his iconic gene pool, Jack Quaid is firmly aware that both his family history and his family members will always be a part of him. “I also get that it’s interesting,” he said. “People ask me about it all the time and it’s one of those things… I get it. I understand.” Based on his recent roles in The Boys and the rock n’ roll movie Vinyl, Jack Quaid seems to be on the right path.

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He Can’t Avoid His Family