David Harbor has revealed being a stepfather to Lily Allen’s two daughters was “the hardest thing” he’s ever had to deal with.
The couple, who wed in 2020, and Lily’s children Ethel, 10, and Marnie, 9, are a close-knit family.
But when they first met, David admits it took him a while to get used to the dynamic.
“I learned a lot about myself. You really have to show yourself for other human beings in a really selfless way,” he began during a conversation with The Times.
“I was, like, ‘Whoa, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with.’ The relationship I have with them now is really, really special. But, you know, it takes time and effort.”
Being around kids wasn’t a totally new concept for the actor; he shares the screen with a whole bunch of young stars from Netflix hit Stranger Things.
The show not only made a star of the 47-year-old when it launched in 2016, but also of his co-stars Millie Bobby Brown, 18, Finn Wolfhard, 19, Noah Schnapp, 17, Caleb McLaughlin, 20 and 19. -ans Gaten Matarazzo.
When asked if he ever uses his parental instincts to help the young cast navigate fame, David replied, “Not really. I mean, I try my best.”
“And there were times when I was more protective and times when I was less,” he continued. “The best thing I can give them is that I started this show when they were all kids. And I can still treat them like silly kids.
“The world can’t, the world treats them like superstars. So I just try to like them and you know, let go and treat them like idiots because nobody else does.