Eddie Murphy On Fatherhood And His Blended Family: ‘Everybody Gets Along’
Eddie Murphy has a lot of women in his life, but according to the legendary comedian, they are all one big happy family. HipHollywood caught up with Murphy, while promoting his new indie flick Mr. Church, and talked with him about being a new dad, and also how well his ex-wife Nicole Murphy, and daughters Bria, Shayne, Zola and Bella, get along with his new girlfriend and baby’s mother Paige Butcher.
“I do love my family and kids and love being around them, and I’m always there,” said Murphy. “And there is no people not getting along, and tripping. There’s none of that.”
The group recently was photographed looking happy as ever at the premiere of Bria’s new flick Amateur Night, and photographers even caught Eddie and Nicole cordially greeting each other with a kiss.
Murphy, who just welcomed his ninth child with Butcher, told us fatherhood has helped him grow as an actor, and even prepared him for his dramatic role in Mr. Church. “Just playing in one area of emotions, where you’re going for the laughs, or action movie stuff, that’s what I usually did,” explains Murphy. “This is a place that I usually don’t go.”
And it just may pay off. Critics are praising Murphy’s work in Mr. Church and saying it could nab him another Oscar nomination. In the film, Murphy plays a family cook who comes to care for a dying woman’s youngest daughter. The film is slated to hit theaters September 16th.