Arnold Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver’s Daughter Katherine Opens Up About Lessons on Criticism She Learned From Her Parents

by Keeli Parkey

Growing up with famous parents can’t always be easy. But for Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt, being the child of not one, but two celebrities provided her with some important life lessons.

Her father is a Hollywood icon and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her mother is the journalist and member of the Kennedy political family, Maria Shriver. Katherine is married to another very famous person – movie star Chris Pratt. They have one child together. A daughter named Lyla.

One of the many things Katherine learned while growing up from her famous parents is how to handle one of the biggest downsides of fame. That thing is the criticism that is often directed toward famous people. This is often shared via social media. According to Today, she talked about this during an appearance on the “Meaning Full Living” podcast.

“People can say whatever they want behind a screen, and they do!” Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt shared. “I feel a little bit lucky in the sense that I grew up in a family where my parents were kind of very up to speed on dealing with criticism, whether it was behind a screen, or written down or face to face. And they raised me with the understanding of kind of how to deal with that in the best way possible.”

Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt Said She Tries to Rise Above the Criticism She Faces

Being the daughter of two celebrities and the wife of one, as well as being an actress herself, Katherine Schwarzenegger Pratt has faced her share of criticism. It has been directed at her for many reasons. And, she said, she does her best not to let it have a negative impact on her life. She is human, so this isn’t always easy.

“Whether it’s criticism about certain things that I do as a new mom, or being a wife, or a daughter, or a sister or a woman, people have a variety of different things to say, and they’ll write it and be very vocal about it. For me, I try to look at those things and try to not let them affect me, which can be harder some days than it is other days,” she also said.

One lesson her mother shared with her was how to treat those who criticize you, Schwarzenegger Pratt said. Her mother advised her to have “empathy” for her critics.

“My mom always said to me when I was growing up that when people write those things or say those things, that they must be in so much pain, to be able to say that or to write that, and to try and have empathy for whatever it is that they might be going through that you don’t know about,” she shared.

Now that she is older with a family of her own, Katherine and Shriver remain close. And, they frequently talk on the phone.