‘Dancing with the stars’: Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Joseph Baena on the pressure of being compared to his father


After channeling his dad’s role as ‘Hercules’ on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ last week, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Joseph Baena admitted he feels pressure to live up to his famous father.

“It’s been a year of tremendous growth for me to find out who I am and to be truly safe…confident…whatever the challenges, what the comparisons,” Baena told Fox News Digital exclusively.

Baena said having such a famous and accomplished father can be difficult.

“The message I wanted to get across was that there are a lot of people out there with very accomplished parents…and that’s scary. It’s scary to be compared to those giants and to feel like you have to be lived up to those expectations.”

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Joseph Baena is the youngest of Schwarzenegger’s five children. His mother is Mildred Patricia Baena, a former housekeeper.
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But the fitness model went on to reveal that “this year has been a great year of feeling… and knowing that I don’t need to meet anyone’s expectations but my own.”

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“I want to move on and keep growing, chasing my dreams…my passions, and that’s what I’m going to keep doing.”

Baena is one of Schwarzenegger’s five children and is the youngest in the family. His mother is Mildred Patricia Baena, a former housekeeper.

Arnold Schwarzenegger's son, Joseph Baena, channeled his father's role as "Hercules" on "Dancing with the stars."

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son, Joseph Baena, channeled his father’s role as “Hercules” in “Dancing with the Stars.”
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The ‘Dancing with the Stars’ contestant is following in his father’s fitness and acting footsteps.

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"Dancing with the stars" Candidate Joseph Baena is following in his father's footsteps with fitness and acting.

“Dancing with the Stars” contestant Joseph Baena is following in his father’s fitness and acting footsteps.
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The actor added that it has been “the most memorable year” for him, as he has been busy with several projects while participating in the dance performance.

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“It goes from…being in my first feature film, selling my first house…my first time in Las Vegas, being on my first live TV show,” Baena remarked.

“Dancing With the Stars” airs episodes live Mondays at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Disney+.


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