PETALING JAYA: Actor-comedian Harith Iskander says that he has lost his celebrity status to his son.
He said Zander Xayne Iskander, who was born on March 8, was more popular than him, judging by a search on Google.
“I have lost the role of the celebrity' of the family. Now, all the attention is turned to Zander. Google his name and you'll find him all over the place,” he said to laughter at the “Oreo Pays Tribute To Malaysian Fathers” event here yesterday.
He was there to give his own comedy-laced advice on fatherhood in a prelude to Fathers Day on June 17.
Harith said he was as serious as any father despite his fame as a comedian.
Despite being warned by friends that fatherhood is a heavy burden, he was mentally prepared for the life-long role.
“I used to have two cats and the concept is the same. Feed the cat, feed the baby. The only difference is that the baby does not run around the house,” he joked.
Harith believes that a healthy family life comes in a mixture of quality time well spent with the family and a productive day at work.
“Zander loves to sleep and so to spend quality time with him, I have no choice to but to do what he loves most sleep,” he said, drawing laughter from the audience.
“We also have plenty of meaningful conversations. Every morning, I would perform baby massages on Zander and he will talk to me in a language I have yet to master,” he said, adding that he had dubbed himself the “errand boy of the family”, having to pick up diapers, milk formula and baby bottles.
On his own childhood, Harith said his memories were a time when most fathers were seen as the disciplinarian and authoritarian of the family to whom “one should not speak with unless spoken to” and capable of only tough love.
He said his father, an “army man who spoke very little”, taught him his most important lessons in life be honest and to love life.
“I hope that I will be as good a father to Zander as my own father was to me,” he added.