‘Deadliest Catch’ Star Jake Anderson ‘Always’ Tries to Be Tough After Wife’s Experience

by Courtney Blackann
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One of the hardest parts of being a part of a fishing crew is not being able to see your family for days at a time. This is especially difficult for young fishermen who are just starting their families. “Deadliest Catch’s” Jake Anderson especially tries to be tough, especially after his wife was so resilient during her pregnancy with their first child.

In an interview with Hollywood Soapbox, the fisherman opened up about his wife’s experience and how she was extremely patient and brave during her experience. This only inspired him to toughen up in certain situations.

After seeing how her pregnancy took a toll, the “Deadliest Catch” personality attended breathing classes with his wife in order to be supportive. He worried that she would go into labor while he was offshore, which was a real concern.

Jake Anderson’s Fears About Heading Offshore

He had this to say about her experience:

“I was an active user of the breathing techniques,” he said. “So she wasn’t even going into labor, and I was already practicing these techniques because I was worried that she wasn’t going to have the baby until after I left. And it was a huge fear of mine, and we had to buy a plane ticket for every day leading up to and after the birth. There were thousands of dollars in plane tickets just to make sure that I could get up there and make the baby. It was such a headache, but it was so worth it when I got to see him arrive into the world.”

He went on to say:

“I always try to be tough and try to be strong,” he said. “And after seeing what my wife went through, and how she went through it, and how calm she was, there’s nothing that I can do in my life that could [match] the strength she had that day.”

“Deadliest Catch” Star Sig Hansen Opens Up About Health Issues

While Jake Anderson worried about his wife’s safety while he was out to sea, Captain Sig Hansen reveals how the sea helped him curb smoking.

It all began when the Northwestern captain had a health scare in both 2016 and 2018. He suffered a minor heart attack which left him questioning a longtime smoking habit.

He opened up about quitting in an interview with Entertainment Weekly where staff from a hospital caught him smoking.

“I was in the hallway smoking. They caught me. They chased me down the hall and they caught me. I looked like the biggest a—hole. They caught me red-handed. I never touched a cigarette after that. I’m thinking to myself, “How pathetic can you be? How much control does addiction have over me?” I never smoked ever again. Had I not been busted for smoking, I probably would still be smoking to this day,” Hansen says.