‘Papa Bear’ Jamie Foxx Tells His Daughters to Not Take the ‘Back Seat’ for Any Guy: ‘Get Your Career, Do Your Thing’

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 05:  Actor Jamie Foxx attends the premiere of "Sleepless" at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on January 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
Actor Jamie Foxx attends the premiere of “Sleepless” at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 on January 5, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

Don’t mess with Jamie Foxx in his leading role as dad to daughters Annalise, 7, and Corinne, 22.

“[I’m] papa bear,” Foxx, 49, said at the premiere of his film Sleepless in Los Angeles on Thursday when asked if he’s protective over his two daughters. “You got to do your thing.”

He explains part of the reasoning behind his protective instincts. “I know there’s guys out there. I used to be on the other side,” he says.

As for what he tells his kids about dating?

“I’m not saying he got to be no softie, I don’t want that,” he says. “But [he can’t be] afraid of you going to get your career. Don’t take no back seat to nobody. If you walk in with somebody that you take a back seat to, I’m going to check you first and then it’s about him.”

“She takes that with her so that when she does go out and she finds the guy that she’s with now, they understand that and uplift each other,” he explains of his elder daughter Corinne.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE
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