Andrew Garfield expected to have a wife and family at 40

Andrew Garfield has “some guilt” about not settling down and starting a family.

Former ‘Spiderman’ star turns 40 next year and admits he always thought he would be the first out of his friendship group to get married and have children – but his Hollywood career got in the way.

The actor revealed “Oh, God. Where do I start with why it didn’t happen? No, it’s more about accepting a different path than what was kind of expected of me from birth. Like, By this time you will have done this, and you will have at least one child – that kind of thing. I think I have some guilt around that. And obviously it’s easier for me as a man…”

However, the ‘Eyes of Tammy Faye’ actor admits it has been freeing not carrying out the “societal obligation of procreating” by 40.

On the upcoming milestone, he said: “It’s interesting. It feels far off. I need to start thinking about a good party. If I organise something fun, it’ll be great. And the good news is, all my high school friends, we’re all celebrating [turning 40] together. But it’s interesting – I always thought I would be the first to have kids and settle down, and they’re all shacked up and a couple of kids deep, for the most part. And I’m like [laughs].

“I’m here with you, eating a burger, just contemplating existence. Trying to fill my days with as much nonsense as I possibly can. So that’s interesting. Releasing myself from the societal obligation of procreating by the time I’m 40 has been an interesting thing to do with myself. [Laughs] I’m not going to bore your readers with the machinations of…”

In the candid interview, the ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ star also opened up about the devasting loss of his mother Lynn – who died from pancreatic cancer in 2019 – and the profound affect it had on him and how he views his success.

Andrew said: “I’ve been thinking about this a lot, the reason for this weird peace I’ve been experiencing. I think the loss of my mum was a big thing. That cataclysm is a forever-reverberating shift into a deeper awareness of reality. Existence. The shortness of this window we have. I think that’s working on me in profound ways that I’m probably not even aware of. Combined with a lot of output – a few things coming out at the same time, things I was really happy and proud of. We’re never satisfied, really, but there was – I don’t know – a semblance of satisfaction that I started to feel, with how ‘Tick, Tick… Boom!’ turned out, with how ‘Angels in America’ turned out. And actually with how being involved in that ‘Spider-Man’ movie turned out.”

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