bodyandsoul.com.au – As his time on the hit show The Mentalist draws to a close, Aussie golden boy Simon Baker talks about the key to his success and happiness: family
It’s a well-documented fact that having solid relationships contributes to a long and healthy life. And love? Being surrounded and supported by it is one of the greatest keys to happiness. Based on that, actor Simon Baker is looking well-placed right about now. To say this is a man who values family above all else feels like an understatement.
“It will feel so good to be able to spend more time at home,” he says of his plans for life after The Mentalist, the seventh and final season of which will air in the US in early 2015, with Australia to follow. “More than anything I want to dedicate my time to my family,” he adds.
Baker, 45, is dad to daughter Stella, 21, and sons Claude, 16, and Harry, 13 – and has been with his wife, Australian actress Rebecca Rigg, for more than 20 years. He calls his kids his “pride and joy” and talks about how meaningful it is for him to “see them happy and growing up to be individuals who have a good outlook on life”.
As for his wife, she’s “the greatest woman any man could ever hope to make a life with”, he says, adding that “marrying her was the best decision I ever made”.
How kids helped his career
Baker was 24 when Stella was born, so he already had a young family when he moved to the US in the late 1990s to carve out an acting career. While he admits the pressure to provide was “worrying” to him earlier in his life, he considers his family as the key to his success in the industry, rather than an impediment.
“When we arrived, I had a child and responsibilities. As a result, I viewed the concept of success as being able to provide for my family,” he told GQ Australia earlier this year. “To achieve this, I had to deliver consistent performances, be professional on and off set… my circumstances have never allowed me to be selfish and that’s contributed to the success we’ve had in America. There was no time when I was just working for my own ends and this made a huge difference.”