Side by side: Laura Dern revealed she is making her 17-year-old daughter Jaya Harper wait until she is older to go into show business;  pictured in December at the West Side Story premiere

Laura Dern reveals why she is making daughter Jaya, 17, wait until she is over to go into acting

Laura Dern reveals why she is making daughter Jaya, 17, wait till she is older to be an actress… even though Oscar winner herself got into showbiz at 11

Laura Dern revealed that she is making her 17-year-old daughter Jaya Harper wait until she is older to go into show business.

Jaya has already decided she wants to follow her mother’s footsteps into the acting profession but is being made to focus on her studies for the moment.

While on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Laura, 55, explained that her own experiences of becoming an actress at 11 have influenced her decision to make Jaya wait.

Side by side: Laura Dern revealed she is making her 17-year-old daughter Jaya Harper wait until she is older to go into show business; pictured in December at the West Side Story premiere

Candid: While on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Laura, 55, explained that her own experiences of becoming an actress at 11 have influenced her decision to make Jaya wait

Candid: While on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Laura, 55, explained that her own experiences of becoming an actress at 11 have influenced her decision to make Jaya wait

She confessed to Ellen that ‘there is something very moving about’ her daughter’s desire to act as the career runs in the family.

Not only is Laura an Oscar-winning actress herself, but her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd are also Oscar-nominated actors.

Laura shares Jaya with her ex-husband Ben Harper, with whom she also has a 20-year-old son called Ellery, who wants to be a musician like his father.

While on Ellen’s show Laura said of her daughter that ‘I’m so happy that she’s waiting and wants to go to school but really knows in her heart she wants to act.’

Chitchat: She confessed to Ellen that 'there is something very moving about' her daughter's desire to act as the career runs in the family

Chitchat: She confessed to Ellen that ‘there is something very moving about’ her daughter’s desire to act as the career runs in the family

Next generation: While on Ellen's show Laura said of her daughter that 'I'm so happy that she's waiting and wants to go to school but really knows in her heart she wants to act'

Next generation: While on Ellen’s show Laura said of her daughter that ‘I’m so happy that she’s waiting and wants to go to school but really knows in her heart she wants to act’

Laura, who has acted in multiple films with her own mother, said: ‘And maybe if she does we’ll end up having the privilege of working together one day.’

However Laura also disclosed that she was the one insisting that Jaya wait a little longer before venturing into the entertainment industry.

The Big Little Lies actress acknowledged that Jaya ‘does often say: “You didn’t wait!” and yeah, basically, I make her wait.’

When Ellen asked if Laura wishes Bruce and Diane had made her wait, Laura considered the question and replied: ‘In a way.’

Mother of two: Laura shares Jaya with her ex-husband Ben Harper, with whom she also has a 20-year-old son called Ellery, who wants to be a musician like his father

Mother of two: Laura shares Jaya with her ex-husband Ben Harper, with whom she also has a 20-year-old son called Ellery, who wants to be a musician like his father

She added however that she ‘forced’ her parents to let her act, ‘and I lied and I pushed and I lied about age.’

‘To your parents?’ Ellen quipped, and Laura joked in reply: ‘I told my parents I was 15 – they were very busy, they didn’t remember.’

Laura ‘kept pushing’ to enter the business but ‘also saw the consequences of not being in school, just doing my thing.’

Candid: The Big Little Lies actress acknowledged that Jaya 'does often say: "You didn't wait!" and yeah, basically, I make her wait'

Candid: The Big Little Lies actress acknowledged that Jaya ‘does often say: “You didn’t wait!” and yeah, basically, I make her wait’

Even before she was 11 years old, Laura had small cameos in her mother’s films such as the 1974 Martin Scorsese picture Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

Her first real role was a small part in the 1980 film Foxes, the directorial debut of Adrian Lyne who went onto specialize in erotic thrillers like Unfaithful.

Shot when she was just 11, Foxes kick-started her on an acting career that led her to get emancipated from her parents at 16, thereby exempting her from the child labor laws that had previously limited her daily working hours.

Family business: Not only is Laura an Oscar-winning actress herself, but her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd are also Oscar-nominated actors

Family business: Not only is Laura an Oscar-winning actress herself, but her parents Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd are also Oscar-nominated actors

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