Lucie Arnaz may be the daughter of I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, but she decided against encouraging her children to go into the cutthroat world of show business. Arnaz herself is an actress and now works on Being the Ricardos, which is a film about her parents.
She’s not the only one in the family to take this path. Her own mother said she didn’t want to force her kids into the entertainment industry, recognizing its setbacks and the fact that it’s just not for everyone.
In an interview with Arlene Henderson, Lucie Arnaz opened up about how she’s chosen to raise her children.
“I have never encouraged them to go into show business or any other business,” she said. “I think they will find where their bliss is and where their passions lie. You just encourage them to follow that, whatever that is.”
But, Just like Lucille Ball’s children took an interest in the arts, the I Love Lucy star’s grandchildren have appeared to do the same.
“I have a son whose passion is guitar. He just lives to play the guitar. I will help him in any way I can to see that he gets a great education and learns how to really play well. So if he wants to make a living out of it, he can read any piece of music and go to work in a recording studio if he wants to,” Arnaz ontincued.
There isn’t any pressure for her kids to get into any particular industry. However, she has their back if they want to.
The Grandaughter of the ‘I Love Lucy’ Stars Has Been Interested in The Entertainment Business
One of Lucille Ball’s granddaughters may be following in her footsteps. She did seem to take an interest in show business, at least at the time of the interview.
“My daughter seems to be interested. As far as being in the business, I have really tried to show them by example, you know,” she said.
While Arnaz grew up seeing all the benefits that her mega-celebrity mother had, Arnaz’s kids grew up a bit more grounded in that regard. So why doesn’t she encourage them to be in entertainment?
“You work sometimes and make a lot of money and you are working and you name is above the title and its very glamorous and then months and months and months out of the year… you aren’t doing anything or you go up for something and don’t get it. And you deal with rejection. There isn’t a lot of money in the theatre business like there might be in the movie business, so they have seen how hard it is,” Arnaz said.
She admitted that while she may not “encourage” them, that she’ll always “support” their decisions. Her mother said something quite similar in an interview decades ago. Arnaz has three children. Her brother, Desi Arnaz, has two.