Tom Cruise's family
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Tom's oldest daughter is 17, but he says so far he's not a worried father when it comes to her dating. "Bella has a very strong sense of herself," Tom says. "She's a good girl, so whoever she likes, it's cool."

As for Connor's dating life, Tom says he doesn't have too much input. "He's pretty smart so I just listen," he says. "And I also tell him, you know, he's got plenty of time for that."

Connor is following his father's footsteps and going into acting, first playing the young Will Smith in Seven Pounds and, more recently, starring in a remake of Red Dawn. "He just has natural raw talent," Tom says. "He's very charismatic."

Raising children in the spotlight can be tough, but Tom says he tries to keep them grounded. "Before we go places, I set up studies for them so they can study the culture of the people and the geography, so they actually have a broader perspective," he says. "I think with that comes a greater understanding and appreciation for life. For people. I think that's really important."


FROM: Oprah Fridays Live with Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz
Published on May 14, 2010

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