Will Ferrell Says Having 3 Boys Is Like "Running a Small Correctional Facility" — Meet His Kids
Funnyman Will Ferrell and his wife, Viveca Paulin, have been married for over two decades and share three sons together. Though neither Will nor Viveca have social media accounts full of pictures of their family, they've made a few public appearances as a group over the years, and most recently, all five of them stepped out together at the July 12 London premiere of "Barbie," which Will stars in as the CEO of Mattel.
Over the years, we've also gleaned a little bit of insight about the boys from Will in interviews. Magnus Paulin Ferrell was born in 2004, Mattias Paulin Ferrell was born in 2006, and Axel Paulin Ferrell arrived in 2010. All three of Will's kids seem to be taking after their dad at least a little — they all appeared in "Anchorman 2" in 2013, and in 2018, Will told Parade that his kids are all funny in their own ways.
"I have a freshman in high school and he's very subtly funny. Last year for his yearbook photo, he borrowed another kid's glasses. He doesn't wear glasses. There he is with this very serious look with glasses on. Like 'Magnus, that is so subversive and funny. Totally my sense of humor.' He's like, 'Am I in trouble?' Like, 'No, you've got to do it every year! Fantastic!'" He also said that they all have a sense of humor and love to make their friends laugh, just like their dad. However, for now, the boys haven't pursued acting or comedy much further — maybe because they don't really think their dad is all that funny! Whatever the case, Will and Viveca are content to let them make their own decisions about what they'll do with their futures.
But parenting isn't always fun and games, even for Will, and being away filming various projects weighed on the actor from time to time but he learned from his characters' stories. He told News.Com.Au in 2015 that he identified with the story in "Daddy's Home." "The message of the movie is we're all flying blind a little bit as parents, we're just trying and hoping that we're doing the right thing," he said. "We don't really know but as long as there's enough love in a family, it'll cushion any bumpy landing. I can definitely identify with that."
Will also told People back in 2008 that his best parenting advice is just to talk to your kids. "For me, talk to your children, at least once a week," he said jokingly, though it's still not bad advice. "If you've got time, do it two or three times a week, but otherwise, I find the times where I let weeks and weeks go by without talking to my children, that adds up." We like to think that Will talks to his kids at least once a day, maybe even twice!
Ahead, get to know the Ferrell boys even better.
Magnus Paulin Ferrell
Born March 7, 2004, Magnus is taking after his dad and seems to love the spotlight. Magnus is a musician and has released four singles so far, and in December 2022, per People, Magnus and his band opened for the Psychedelic Furs at a benefit concert in San Diego. Of course, Magnus's dad hopped onstage to accompany him, playing his signature cowbell in a reference to his infamous "Saturday Night Live" gag.
Mattias Paulin Ferrell
Mattias was born on Dec. 30, 2006. In 2018, Will told Parade that Mattias had begun exploring his old "Saturday Night Live" sketches. "It's fun when they discover," he told the magazine. Mattias also seems to enjoy sports, and in 2015, Will revealed that he and his wife had taken on the challenge of running their son's soccer team. "My wife and I are coaching, together, our 8-year-old's team," he told People at the time. "So, look out, AYSO Region 76. Here comes the Chargers!"
Axel Paulin Ferrell
Will and Paulin's youngest child arrived on Jan. 23, 2010. Not all that much is known about him specifically, but Axel (pictured second from left) and his brothers have accompanied their famous dad to more than a few events, from his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony in 2015 to the premiere of "Barbie" in July.
In 2020, Ferrell gave a bit more insight into what life was like with three sons in the house. "As a parent of three boys, it's a lot of chaos, and all parenting rules go completely out the window," he said during an appearance on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." "You go from all the things you read about like conflict resolution, 'I'm sorry that your feelings are hurt,' . . . within five minutes it's like, 'Get upstairs now and brush your teeth. Shut up, I don't care, why? Because I said so.' . . . It's like running a small correctional facility. I want to get high powered water cannons installed so I can just hose them down."