David Harbour has said being stepfather to wife ‘s children has been ‘the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with’, but his relationship with them ‘now is really special.’
The star, who married the British singer, 37, in in 2020 helps look after Ethel Mary, nine, and Marnie Rose, ten, Lily’s young daughters with ex-husband Sam Cooper.
David, 47, recently returned to TV screens as Jim Hopper in the fourth series of hit science fiction drama.
‘It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with’: Stranger Things’ David Harbour has discussed being a stepfather to wife Lily Allen’s children – but says they have a ‘special relationship’
Vegas wedding: Lily and David married in September 2020
Speaking to, the Netflix star said: ‘ ‘I’ve learned a lot about myself. You really have to show up for other human beings in a truly selfless way.
‘I was, like, ‘Whoa, this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to deal with.’ The relationship I have with them now is really, really special. But, you know, it takes time and effort.’
The Hollywood star also addressed whether he tries to use his parental instincts to help guide the young stars of Stranger Things through their early fame.
Back in action: David recently returned to TV screens as Jim Hopper in the fourth series of hit Netflix science fiction drama Stranger Things
He said: ‘There have been times when I’ve been more overly protective and times when I’ve been less. The best thing I can offer them is that I started this show when they were all kids. And I can still treat them like idiot kids.
‘The world can’t, the world treats them like superstars. So I just try to love them and you know, let go and kind of treat them like idiots because no one else does.’
The Revolutionary Road actor also told the publication how he used to question why celebrities dated one another but has since grown to realise it helps his relationship that both he and Lily understand the fame game.