‘Dancing with the Stars’: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Joseph Baena on pressures of being compared to his dad

‘Dancing with the Stars’: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Joseph Baena on pressures of being compared to his dad


After channeling his father’s role as “Hercules” on “Dancing with the Stars” last week, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Joseph Baena admitted he feels the pressure to live up to his famous dad.

“It’s been a huge growth year of me finding out who I am and really being secure… confident… no matter what the challenges are, what the comparisons are,” Baena exclusively told Fox News Digital 

Baena expressed that having such a famous, accomplished father can be tough.

“The message that I wanted to get across was, there’s a lot of people out there with very accomplished parents… and it’s scary. It’s scary to get compared to these giants, and to have the feeling like you need to live up to these expectations.”

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Joseph Baena is the youngest of Schwarzenegger’s five children. His mother is Mildred Patricia Baena, a former housekeeper.
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But the fitness model continued, revealing, “this year has been a big year of feeling… and knowing I don’t need to live up to anyone’s expectations but my own.”

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“I want to move forward and keep growing myself, keep going for my dreams… passions, and that’s what I’m going to keep doing.”

Baena is one of Schwarzenegger’s five children, and is the youngest in the family. His mother is Mildred Patricia Baena, a former housekeeper.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Joseph Baena channeled his father’s role as "Hercules" on "Dancing with the Stars."

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Joseph Baena channeled his father’s role as “Hercules” on “Dancing with the Stars.”
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The “Dancing with the Stars” contestant is following in his father’s footsteps with fitness and acting.

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"Dancing with the Stars" contestant Joseph Baena is following in his father’s footsteps with fitness and acting.

“Dancing with the Stars” contestant Joseph Baena is following in his father’s footsteps with fitness and acting.
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The actor added that this has been the “most memorable year” for him, as he’s been occupied with several projects while competing in the dance show. 

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“It ranges from… being in my first feature film, selling my first home… being on my first live television show,” Baena remarked.

“Dancing With the Stars” airs live episodes Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Disney+.



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