Laura Dern reveals why she’s keeping her daughter Jaya, 17, waiting until she’s finished to become an actress

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Laura Dern reveals why she’s forcing her daughter Jaya, 17, to wait until she’s older to become an actress…even though the Oscar winner herself got into showbiz at 11

Laura Dern has revealed she’s been keeping her 17-year-old daughter, Jaya Harper, waiting until she’s older to get into show business.

Jaya has already decided that she wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps into acting, but she needs to focus on her studies for now.

On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Laura, 55, explained that her own experiences becoming an actress at age 11 influenced her decision to keep Jaya waiting.

Side by Side: Laura Dern revealed she’s been keeping her 17-year-old daughter, Jaya Harper, waiting until she’s older to get into show business; pictured in December at the West Side Story premiere

Candid: On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Laura, 55, explained that her own experiences becoming an actress at age 11 influenced her decision to keep Jaya waiting

Candid: On The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Laura, 55, explained that her own experiences becoming an actress at age 11 influenced her decision to keep Jaya waiting

She confessed to Ellen that “there is something very emotional” about her daughter’s desire to act as the career runs in the family.

Not only is Laura an Oscar-winning actress herself, but her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd are also Oscar-nominated actors.

Laura shares Jaya with her ex-husband Ben Harper, with whom she also has a 20-year-old son called Ellery, who wants to be a musician like his father.

On Ellen’s show, Laura said of her daughter, “I’m so happy that she’s waiting and wants to go to school, but really knows in her heart that she wants to play.”

Chitchat: She confessed to Ellen that 'there is something very emotional' about her daughter's desire to act as the career runs in the family

Chitchat: She confessed to Ellen that ‘there is something very emotional’ about her daughter’s desire to act as the career runs in the family

Next Generation: On Ellen's show, Laura said of her daughter:

Next generation: On the Ellen show, Laura said of her daughter: ‘I’m so happy that she’s waiting and wants to go to school, but really knows in her heart that she wants to act’

Laura, who starred in several films with her own mother, said: “And maybe if she does, we’ll have the privilege of working together one day.”

However, Laura also revealed that she was the one who insisted that Jaya wait a little longer before venturing into the entertainment industry.

The Big Little Lies actress admitted that Jaya “a lot of times says, ‘You didn’t wait!’ and yeah, I basically keep her waiting.

When Ellen asked if Laura wished Bruce and Diane had kept her waiting, Laura pondered the question and replied, “In a way.”

Mother of two: Laura shares Jaya with her ex-husband Ben Harper, with whom she also has a 20-year-old son called Ellery, who wants to be a musician like his father

Mother of two: Laura shares Jaya with her ex-husband Ben Harper, with whom she also has a 20-year-old son called Ellery, who wants to be a musician like his father

She added however that she ‘forced’ her parents to let her act, ‘and I lied and I pushed and I lied about age’.

‘To your parents?’ Ellen joked and Laura joked in response: “I told my parents I was 15 – they were very busy, they couldn’t remember.”

Laura “kept pushing” to get into the business, but “also saw the consequences of not being in school, just doing my thing”.

Candid: The Big Little Lies actress admitted that Jaya

Candid: The Big Little Lies actress admitted that Jaya ‘often says, ‘You didn’t wait!’ and yeah, I basically make her wait’

Even before she was 11, Laura made small appearances in her mother’s films, such as Martin Scorsese’s 1974 picture Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

His first real role was a bit part in the 1980 film Foxes, the debut film by Adrian Lyne who specialized in erotic thrillers like Unfaithful.

Shot when she was just 11, Foxes launched her into an acting career that saw her emancipate from her parents at 16, thereby exempting her from child labor laws which previously limited his daily working hours.

Family business: Not only is Laura an Oscar-winning actress herself, but her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd are also Oscar-nominated actors

Family business: Not only is Laura an Oscar-winning actress herself, but her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd are also Oscar-nominated actors

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