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Dennis Quaid's son opens up about parents' painful divorce

Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan's actor son has opened up about his experiences as the child of a super-famous divorced couple.

Jack Quaid was just five when his parents split in 1997 and he admits the media circus surrounding their divorce was very difficult for him to stomach.


Now 23, the star of Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese's new TV hit Vinyl tells podcast Allegedly with Theo Von & Matthew Cole Weiss, "It's one of those weird ages for your parents to get divorced. You're old enough to know what's going on, but young enough to be kind of naive about it. It's a whole deal.


"It's hard to ignore when you're at a grocery store and you're checking out and you look at (magazines), and there's a photo of them with a little paper rip graphic between them. It's a hard deal."


But despite the drama, Jack can't imagine being happier with other parents: "I acknowledge fully the way that I grew up was not normal, but, at the same time, it was normal in the sense that despite what my parents do, they are still a mom and a dad," he adds. "It's not like they are their characters at the dinner table or anything like that.


"I'm a huge fan of both of their work... The thing that's nice about it, something that I'm really grateful to have, is they share this enthusiasm for telling stories and acting.


"I'm really happy. It's (acting) a cool job. If I had parents who weren't actors, I'd still be over the moon to have this job."


Jack accepts he'll always be considered Meg and Dennis' kid, but he hopes roles in The Hunger Games and Vinyl will help film fans quickly forget about his famous parents when they are watching him onscreen.