Ben Affleck Says He’s Taking Spanish Classes Because of His Daughter

During the promotional tour for Ben Affleck’s new movie, The Way Back, people are witnessing his role as a father in a whole new light. He’s opened up about co-parenting with ex-wife Jennifer Garner and how his sobriety is helping him become a better father. But beyond the seriousness of Affleck’s confessions, he recently spoke about the lighter side of fatherhood. 

The father of three proudly admitted on The Kelly Clarkson Show today that he doesn’t let his kids win — because what fun is parenthood if not for childish rivalry with your own kids?

“My daughter is 14 and she’s always been a very good student,” Affleck said. “She’s been interested in Spanish so I often help her, and all of a sudden, she’s gotten to the grade where she’s, like, in the harder Spanish classes. She’s getting better and she’s right at the point where I think she might be passing me,” he adds. That’s when the actor knew he had to up his game. 

“And I’m like, ‘Nope, that is not happening. I don’t mind that I can’t do your math homework and you’re 14 years old, but you’re not going to be better at Spanish than me.’”

So, as any parent would do, he took up Spanish classes in order “to keep up” even though his daughter thinks he sounds “ridiculous.” Hey, maybe the Oscar winner should stick to his day job. But, we still give him an E for effort in Español.

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