Doting dad alert! Eugene Levy loves spending time with his kids, Dan Levy and Sarah Levy, both on and off the screen. The Schitt’s Creek alum shares his talented children with his longtime wife, Deborah Divine, whom he married in 1977.
Though Eugene is known for cracking jokes alongside Dan and Sarah on the award-winning TV sitcom, the beloved actor revealed he was actually very strict with his kids growing up. In fact, Eugene told People he would “ground” his children if they acted up.
“It was a standard relationship,” he shared with the outlet in January 2019. “The thing was for us … if you crossed the line, there was going to be some sort of punishment. It’s the way I was brought up, and it’s the way I brought up my kids.”
Looking back, the American Pie actor has no qualms about how strict he was while raising Dan and Sarah. “It worked!” the dad of two joked. “Because honestly, we’ve never had a problem with our kids. It was fun as they got older because [they started] making us laugh. There were more times that Daniel had us laughing [than] I ever had anybody laughing.”
Dan and Sarah have both followed in their dad’s acting footsteps, but Eugene and Deborah actually raised their children out of the spotlight. Even though they yearned to give their kiddos a more normal upbringing, the brother-sister duo ultimately chased their dreams of becoming stars.
“There’s something about raising kids in a showbiz-y kind of environment that’s a little scary,” Eugene explained, noting he moved his family to Canada because “Toronto is just a very normal town.”
“They could grow up with all options open to them of what they wanted to do,” the Second City Television star continued. “We didn’t want them to be locked into show business. Of course, the irony is they both went into acting — and now we’re all on a [Schitt’s Creek] together.”
Schitt’s Creek is off the air as the series ended in April 2020, but Eugene, Dan and Sarah have an impressive list of awards to go along with their roles. Throughout the show’s six seasons, Schitt’s Creek won several Emmys, one Golden Globe and countless other prestigious accolades. While appearing on stage during the Emmy Awards in September 2020, Eugene marveled over the opportunity to act with his children.
“As a dad, getting to work on camera for six years with both my kids, Daniel and Sarah … [is] such a joy,” he gushed. “I love you both and could not be prouder.”
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