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Once dubbed "America's Sweetheart" for her charming wit and iconic films, Meg Ryan totally disappeared from the limelight as she began to turn down acting gigs. Ryan has since passed the acting baton down to her son Jack Quaid and he's revealed that he almost changed his last name. To find out more about Meg's family and relationships, dig in!
You'd think that two of Hollywood's greatest romantic comedy stars would be able to get it together in real life but, in this case, it just wasn't in the cards. Meg and Dennis Quaid met on the set of the 1987 film Innerspace and began dating the following year.
Once they began their courtship, they were totally in love with one another. The couple got married on Valentine's Day of 1991. According to the actors, they shared a beautiful marriage, soon after the nuptials, it wasn't long before they welcomed their son Jack Quaid.
Of course, young Quaid's childhood was totally unconventional due to his famous folks and Jack has been quite open about it. “Despite what my parents do, they’re still a mom and a dad. They’re not like their characters at the dinner table,” the actor said. He's also revealed that his upbringing was a blessing to his life but we'll get to that a bit later.
Unfortunately, 9 years later, the cracks in their relationship had already begun to show. Meg was accused of having an affair with the actor Russell Crowe. At that point, Quaid and Ryan's split became inevitable. The actress gained a bad reputation and the public blamed her for the end of what looked like the perfect couple.
As a result, Meg withdrew herself from the spotlight for years. When she finally came out in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, Ryan revealed that the breakup wasn't as the media had painted it out to be. She said, "I didn't leave my marriage for Russell Crowe. My marriage wasn't working."
The star has also shared that Quaid had his faults too, "It was a great story. But what wasn’t in the story was the reality of my marriage for nine years. Dennis was not faithful to me for a long time, and that was very painful. I found out more about that once I was [separated]."
Quaid was not happy about Meg's claims. He told The New York Daily News, "It was eight years ago, and I find it unbelievable that Meg continues publicly to rehash and rewrite the story of our relationship. Also, I find it regrettable that our son, Jack, has to be reminded in a public way of the turmoil and pain that every child feels in a [separation]."
Jack was still a little boy during his parents' separation however, he understood what was happening to their family. That doesn't mean that he could fully comprehend what going on between his parents. “You’re old enough to know what’s going on but young enough to be kind of naïve about it. It’s a whole deal,” he said.
Dennis has also revealed that he is aware that Jack felt the impact of the breakup and he expressed his regrets for its effect on young Quaid. Meg also shared that the media scrutiny is something that she wishes never happened for the sake of her son.
Meg met Russell on the set of the 2000 film Proof of Life and she was immediately smitten. The two had undeniable chemistry. Their affair was an open secret on set which made members of the cast and crew uncomfortable. Ryan was missing from the promotional tour as she feared that there would be questions about the relationship.
Later, the director Taylor Hackford attributed the movie's poor performance to the affair's box office. As allegations of the interlude began to circulate, the public vilified the actress but Meg tried to keep her head up regardless of the situation.
"This thing happened [her affair with Crowe] and I was all over the tabloids and I walked through the lobby and the place stopped. People stopped talking and stared at me. And then I got to the elevator and instead of falling apart and going, 'Ooh,' I just started laughing, " the actress shared.
The pair's fling lasted a couple of months. Crowe reportedly wanted something serious but Meg wasn't quite ready to take that step. Discussing their relationship, Ryan sympathized with Crowe as she felt he was the innocent party of the drama.
"I think he took a big hit. But Russell didn't break up the marriage. He was definitely there at the end, but it wasn't his fault. I was a mess. I hurt him, too, in the end. I couldn't be in another long relationship, it wasn't the time for that. So I got out," Meg explained.
Despite having her marriage splashed all over the media and being judged, Meg was able to deal with the split as best as she could. The actress realized that you can't control life or your image. She said she released the need to convince people of her truth.
"[Seperation] is hard. Love is hard. All those things were so personal. They weren’t for mass consumption. The complexity of a life or a marriage is never going to exist in a headline or a tabloid. That was a freeing thing to know! Though fame has become so democratized now," Meg confessed.
What's more, is that the breakup was mature, Meg stated that they "behaved honorably." In an interview with ET, Quaid reflected on what could have caused the end of their marriage. He figures Meg's fame had a huge impact on how things concluded.
“When we met I was the big deal,” he added that Ryan's career skyrocketed. “We’d go out on the streets of New York and it would be like, ‘Meg! Meg!’ And I have to admit it, I actually did feel like I disappeared. I didn’t think I was that small, but I was. It was a growth opportunity — I learned from that.”
The couple began their relationship in 2010 after the rockstar split from his third wife. While the pair enjoyed keeping a lowkey profile, they quickly became one of Hollywood's favorite duos. However, a few years later, the couple called it quits. John wanted to live in Indiana while Meg wanted to be in New York City with her daughter.
The distance complicated things between them. One of Mellencamp's friends also shared that he wasn't fond of the attention that dating Meg brought him. They were also dating long-distance so that also affected the relationship. In 2017, the lovebirds got back together and their flame was reinvigorated.
A year later Ryan revealed that they were engaged. Everyone around them was overjoyed about their upcoming union. John's daughter Real Housewives star Teddi Mellencamp commented, “They are both smart and funny. Their conversations are interesting and like watching a ping-pong match. They really bring out the best in each other — as all good couples do.”
Meg and John were pretty much a married couple, they were bonding and the Hurt So Good singer mistakenly showed Meg's daughter Daisy, the infamous provocative scene from When Harry Met Sally. Ryan describes hearing the scene play out in their living room and she said, “My daughter’s 14! And John goes, ‘Meeeeeeeeg! I’m not explaining this!’”
Meg's ex, Dennis was also thrilled about the news. “I’m so happy for them, I really am,” the 65-year-old actor told Us Weekly. “Love is always a great thing, you know?” After the announcement, the pair remained tight-lipped about their wedding plans and it was understandable since they're both super private people.
When asked about the wedding plans, Mellencamp's daughter joked that they would never include her in the planning of events. “You think that they’re involving me in the planning? “One, I’m on Real Housewives. Two, I’m a loudmouth. Three, like they’ll probably tell me the day before, like ‘Show up’ and do not tell me why. They’re very private. Me, not very much.”
Jack remained tight-lipped about his mother's love life, he did share his approval and blessing over Meg and John's engagement. The actor revealed, "I'm just super psyched, it's just incredible - the two of them are so happy together. So, it's safe to say that Jack has been a supporter of the two.
In October of last year, reports spread that the couple called off their engagement. Apparently, Meg wasn't willing to remain in the relationship any longer. Despite their breakup, sources claimed that they still loved each other regardless of how things turned out.
“He loves her, but marriage never seemed to be a part of it,” the source said of the exes. “It’s unclear how important a marriage was to Meg. But they spent a lot of time together and it’s too bad they split. They really got along so well together.”
John has started dating beauty expert Nurse Jamie Sherrill. According to reports, the two have been seeing each other for a few months. Although Meg and John have been broken up for a while, the actress feels hurt because she still had unresolved feelings for the rocker.
Mellencamp's new love, whose birth name is Jamie Sue Sherrill, has three children and has worked with celebrity clients including Jessica Alba and the Kardashian family. Fans speculate that the new lady in Mellencamp's life resembles Meg, what do you think?
It's been almost 20 years since the couples' breakup but they are still Jack's parents and share an incredible history together. In an interview, Quaid was asked whether he still loves Meg. The actor responded, "Sure I still love her. I'm very fond of her and we have a lot of fun. We spent 13 good years together."
In 2006, the actress adopted her daughter Daisy from China when she was just 14 months old. The actress revealed that the two were assigned to each other randomly during the adoption process however, she believes that destiny brought them together. “I am convinced, completely convinced that there was nothing random about it,” she said.
The star shared that the adoption process in China is similar to a lottery system in that your child is randomly assigned to you. However, she felt an immediate connection with Daisy. She also added that even though she's experienced different introductions to motherhood with both of her kids, the love and connection is all the same.
Meg suggested that biological kids are also similar to a lottery system as you never know how your child will turn out. She mentioned how Jack is totally different from her and Dennis, she calls him his own person and she appreciates that about her kids.
The actress revealed that raising Jack and Daisy has been a little easier as a single mom. "When you’re the only one in the house with the kids, you get to be the one in charge. You’re the one making the rules. There’s no stress because you and some other adult don’t agree on how you want to raise your kids," the actress shared.
When it comes to raising a daughter, the actress said, “Daisy doesn’t feel hard to raise. She’s a good hang, and she’s easy. She’s very smart and she’s very generous. I love that she’s funny. I love that. I just can’t imagine what it was like before she came. Life is good, it’s so good with her in it.”
The actress's daughter is now all grown up at 16 years old. The mother and daughter duo are often spotted together around New York City, completing errands and enjoying some time enjoying the fresh air. They're pretty low key and private other than their public outings together.
Motherhood is where she truly feels like a star. The actress says she has drive and passion for her children. She's always trying to figure out ways to make them happy and be as supportive as she can. "I just want them to be happy and today, I'm happy too," says the actress. Around the early 2000s, Meg began dabbling in photography and Daisy became her muse.
Jack is certainly following in the footsteps of his parents but he's done it without riding on their fame. According to his father Dennis, Quaid rejected any help his famous dad offered him. Dennis's agent was interested in representing Jack but The Boys actor turned it down and it paid off.
"Of course he gets an agent on his own and his first movie is Hunger Games. Then he gets in Martin Scorsese’s Vinyl on television, which was the hottest show there was. Now he’s doing The Boys, which is the hottest thing on streaming. It’s a great show, "the veteran actor shared.
Jack's been around the film industry all of his life. The actor revealed that as a child he spend a lot of time on movie sets. “I would just go in there and eat as much candy as I want,” he said. Despite it being the family business, mom and dad weren't keen on him starting his acting career until he reached 18.
But Jack reckons that acting would've been his career choice regardless of whether Meg and Dennis were actors. “If I had just parents that weren’t actors, I would still be over the moon to have this job,” he said. He also shared that he always had a flair for performing, he would do magic tricks for his parents but acting in middle school plays confirmed it for him.
In 2012, Quaid made his film debut in The Hunger Games. Even though he knew his character Marvel was not among the favorites, he was excited to take on the opportunity. He had one great line "Woo" and he's joked about being the "Woo guy." He's gone on to act on the hit show The Boys, he actually got his mom to visit him on set and she loved it!
Quaid watched the movie when he was preparing to star in the romance film Plus-One. The iconic rom-com has one scene that might have been awkward for Jack to watch but ultimately, the actor was extremely proud of his mom. “I finished it and I immediately started crying because of how proud I was of her,” he said.
The mother and son duo got work together in the 2015 film Ithaca. Meg directed him and she noted that it was much like their time together during his childhood. She shared that he's always been creative and a performer.
The actress and director revealed that she's incredibly proud of him, not only because of his acting career but he's also a great person. Meg also added, "He was so born to it. He did his 10 000 hours of directing, writing, and acting by the time he was like 10. "
Jack will be starring in the next installment of the Scream franchise. The fifth of the film series will be starring the original cast members, David Arquette and Courteney Cox. Although the lockdown has caused some delays in production, it's been reported that the film may begin shooting by the end of the year.
When it comes to people comparing Jack with his parents, he takes it quite well. "People think I’m a solid half and half I think,” says Quaid. “Some people see Mom, some people see Dad. It’s kind of like an optical illusion.” The young star has also been open about trailblazing his own way in Hollywood. In fact, he studied acting at NYU.
We guess having the last name Quaid puts a lot of pressure on one to excel in the Hollywood business. So, changing the name has been a consideration for Jack. "I did think about changing my name at one point, but then I was like, A: People are going to know anyway, there’s no getting around that. And B: I like my last name. I’ll keep it,” he says.
Meg has not starred in a movie since The Women, a film that premiered 10 years ago. Her personal life resulted in her losing star power and her "American Sweetheart" status. However, she has revealed that she was never a fan of that label. She felt people's perceptions were forced onto her and she had to live up to them.
The public has also been enamored by the plastic surgery Meg's undergone over the years. It's no secret that the star has undergone surgical enhancements on her face and the scrutiny has made her shy away from Hollywood. But she tries not to let the naysayers get to her.
"People I value talk about kids growing up, what kind of world they are going into, what we are eating, what we are breathing, ”she says.
Meg is focused on being a mother and she's perfectly happy living her life away from the spotlight. But that doesn't mean she's completely done with acting. She's taken a few small roles here and there but her most recent comeback was in Ithaca starring alongside her You Got Mail co-star Tom Hanks.
She's also expressed that she would like to change careers in the near future. Writing is where she feels most comfortable and she's also looking to get into the producer seat. "When you’re an actor, you’re a cog. When you produce, you understand the other gears. I’m in first gear now."
Even though Dennis referred to his marriage with Meg as his "most successful relationship." The star has moved on with his new wife Laura Savoie. The couple eloped in a Hawaiian ceremony in June. There's 39 year age gap between the two but they have a great bond and are happier than they have ever been.
Now that we've learned more about Meg and her family, it's clear that life offers you many twists and turns. The actress definitely did a good job dealing with the cards that she's been dealt with. What are your thoughts? What's the most interesting thing you learned about Meg Ryan's personal life?