Bryan Brown reveals he was ‘a bit worried’ about becoming a grandfather for the first time


Legendary actor Bryan Brown reveals he was ‘a bit worried’ about becoming a grandfather for the first time

Bryan Brown became a grandfather for the first time in 2019.

And in a candid confession, the Aussie actor, 74, admits he was nervous about taking on the huge responsibility.

‘I was a bit worried about this grandfather business,’ he told Woman’s Day magazine in an interview published on Monday.

Bryan Brown (pictured) has admitted he was nervous about becoming a grandparent. 'I was a bit worried about this grandfather business,' he told Woman's Day magazine in an interview published on Monday

Bryan Brown (pictured) has admitted he was nervous about becoming a grandparent. ‘I was a bit worried about this grandfather business,’ he told Woman’s Day magazine in an interview published on Monday

‘Everyone said, “You’re going to love it and everything.” And I said, “Well, let me work that out.”‘

The Cocktail star said it wasn’t until his first grandson, Zan, finally ‘came along’ and his entire mindset changed.

‘Just like everyone else, I went goo goo and grabbed him and wanted to be with him all the time,’ he added. ‘Life’s like that!’

Bryan’s grandson Zan is the son of his second-eldest daughter Matilda, 35.

'Everyone said, "You're going to love it and everything." And I said, "Well, let me work that out"' he said. Bryan now can't get enough of his grandson, wanting to be with him 'all the time'. Pictured with daughter Matilda Brown

 ‘Everyone said, “You’re going to love it and everything.” And I said, “Well, let me work that out”‘ he said. Bryan now can’t get enough of his grandson, wanting to be with him ‘all the time’. Pictured with daughter Matilda Brown 

Matilda, an actress, writer and director, also shares younger daughter Anouk, who she welcomed in 2021 with husband Scott Gooding.

Following Zan’s birth, Matilda has been open about her journey through motherhood, documenting her experiences with her family on social media.

‘What was life before Zan? I can’t even remember. Nor do I ever want to go back,’ she wrote on one post in 2019.

Matilda shares two children with husband Scott Gooding. Pictured with Matilda and Scott and one of their children

Matilda shares two children with husband Scott Gooding. Pictured with Matilda and Scott and one of their children 

That same year, she also spoke about her father Bryan’s involvement in her son’s birth.

‘On the night I went into labour, Dad was supposed to drop mum at the hospital (mum was my doula) and then wait in the waiting room,’ she recalled.

‘But he ended up coming into the room and stayed for the entire birth. When I was pushing Zan out at the end dad was stroking my head and mum was cheering me on, crying, saying “Come on Til, he’s so close!.”‘

Bryan's grandchild Zan is the son of his second-eldest daughter Matilda

Bryan’s grandchild Zan is the son of his second-eldest daughter Matilda

Her post concluded, ‘Pretty special that both my parents got to be with me through such a monumental time in my life.’

Bryan married his wife Rachel Ward in 1983, meaning the pair will celebrate their 40-year wedding anniversary next year.

The pair met while on the set of the TV miniseries The Thorn Birds in 1982, where Bryan wooed his co-star with a palm reading.

Bryan married Rachel Ward (right) in 1983 after meeting on set of The Thorn Birds in 1982

Bryan married Rachel Ward (right) in 1983 after meeting on set of The Thorn Birds in 1982

‘So we were sitting around waiting for a take one day and I said “give us a look at your hand”… She gave me her hand and there were three lines and I said “you’re gonna have three kids,”‘ he told A Current Affair last year.

‘Well I was right, they were my kids.’

Bryan and Rachel went on to have three children together: Rosie, 38, Matilda and Joe, 30.

The star is still heavily involved in his acting career, and is currently filming his next project Darby And Joan alongside fellow Aussie actress and pal Greta Scacchi, 62.

Bryan and Rachel went on to have three children together: Rosie, 38, Matilda and Joe, 30

Bryan and Rachel went on to have three children together: Rosie, 38, Matilda and Joe, 30

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