Liam Neeson didn’t want his son to be active in showbiz, but he did it anyway. Now, the young actor uses his late mother’s last name, and Neeson thinks that’s adorable.
Born in June 1995, Michael Richardson is the eldest son of “Taken” star Liam Neeson and “The Parent Trap” actress Natasha Richardson. Unfortunately, Michael faced grief at a very young age when his mother died in 2009 following a skiing accident.
Over the years, Michael has been candid about how he overcame the loss of his father and why he changed his last name after he turned 21.
Liam Neeson and his son Michael on June 2, 2015 in London, England [left]. Natasha Richardson on November 13, 2008 in New York City [right] | Photo: Getty Images
Just over a decade after Richardson’s death, Micheal admits he kept her memory forever by watch her movies. His favorite is “The Parent Trap” because he finds her “very similar” to that person.
Although losing her is a pity, the young actor said he is quite lucky to still be able to watch movies and see how she works.
Natasha Richardson and her sons Michael and Daniel on November 13, 2008 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
However, dealing with grief is challenging. He said that people sometimes push the pain out of their heads because thinking about the person they’ve lost feels painful.
After Richardson died, Michael realized that it was not healthy, and the best thing to do was to remember them. That’s probably why he enjoyed Richardson’s movies so much.
Liam Neeson and his two sons, Michael and Daniel, on April 15, 2009 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
The fact that Richardson died from an accident made handling her death even more difficult. Micheál described it as “so sudden” and added that when a death is so sudden, it “messed your mind up.” He speak:
“It can make you spin a little bit, and so you just have to capture the little memories, whether it’s her laughter, her energy in the room or her cooking. .”
Liam Neeson and Natasha Richardson on October 17, 2008 in London, England | Photo: Getty Images
After describing Richardson as a wonderful mother, Michael confessed that he wished he could have an adult conversation with her and ask about the film or music industry.
He added that while his younger brother, Daniel, was his father’s boy growing up, he was his mother’s son. They were very close like a family, but Richardson was Michael’s best friend.
[Micheál] Not doing it to avoid his father’s great popularity but to draw his mother closer to him.
Liam Neeson on September 7, 2012 in Deauville, France | Photo: Getty Images
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Speaking of Neeson, he tried to convince his son not to become an actor but something else, like a “carpenter.” On the other hand, Richardson’s family always encouraged him to do whatever he wanted.
When Michael At 19 years old, he is a curator of a fashion art gallery. Although he has completed some drama courses, he has no significant acting experience other than a small role in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues” in 2013.
However, he confessed that his “inner actor” was in the dark, and he unleashed it in 2018 when he worked alongside Natalie Portman on “Vox Lux.”
The following year, Michael and Neeson appeared in “Cold Pursuit”. However, the movie that touch them the most is “Made in Italy” in 2020, where father and son work together for the second time.
“Made in Italy” follows the life of an artist who tries to restore a mansion with his estranged son after his wife dies in a car crash. Neeson confessed the film’s script made his stomach ache because it was similar to what he and his son went through.
Neeson said the film’s theme is close to family, but it’s also very engaging. The Hollywood icon admits to being proud of his son, and although he doesn’t want to flatter Michael to that extent, he says he was “present” in the film.
Michael also shared his thoughts on acting. He admits it’s an incredible profession because it requires actors to learn about themselves. He even describes being an actor as a explore introspection who is yours.
“I don’t want him to be constantly asked: ‘Oh, are you Liam Neeson’s son?'”
Liam Neeson on January 8, 2018 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images
In 2018, shortly after Michael turned 21, he made headlines when he dropped his father’s last name, Neeson, and married his mother, Richardson. He admits it’s his way of honoring her and the Richardsons while also Name.
He added that entering the film industry with the surname Richardson is both inspirational and comforting. According to the actress Vanessa Redgrave, Michael’s grandmother, he did not do this to avoid his father’s “extraordinary” popularity, but to draw his mother closer to him.
Redgrave isn’t the only family member to endorse Michael’s decision. Neeson pointed out that his son did the “right thing” and even labeled it a “cute gesture”. Neeson speak:
“He doesn’t have my last name, which you know, I guess, I have a certain celebrity status. I hate that he’s constantly being asked, ‘Oh, are you Liam’s son? Neeson?'”
After revealing he was proud of his son and the way he honors his late mother, Neeson added that the Richardsons were “so touched” by it.
Nowadays, Michael have a promising career. After playing Renny in Amazon’s TV series “Big Dogs”, he is scheduled to appear in “The Rising: 1916”, an Irish film about love and rebellion.
According to Michael’s brother, Daniel, he is also involved in the entertainment industry. He studied theater at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and graduated in 2019.
However, he has been active in showbiz since 2014 when he joined the special effects department of the movie “Suicide Is Easy” in 2014.
If that weren’t enough, Daniel is also an entrepreneur who owns an eco-friendly clothing line called Pine Outfitters and a tequila brand called De-Nada Tequila.
even though Richardson passed away Nothing hurt Michael and the rest of his family, who are proud that she helped save several lives after falling into a coma.
According to Neeson, three people received his wife’s heart, kidney and liver, and they survived various illnesses thanks to her. It was silver lining in such a tragic situation.
https://news.amomama.com/283979-liam-neesons-son-who-became-actor-father.html Liam Neeson’s son, who became an actor despite his father’s pleas, changed his last name at the age of 21