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Jeff Daniels decided to move his family from New York City to Michigan three decades ago and he has not looked back.
The actor, known from roles in “Gettysburg” and more recently “The Newsroom,” brought his family to the midwest in 1986, in the hopes of creating “as much a sense of normalcy as possible,” he explained to People magazine in an interview published on Wednesday.
“It was a very dramatic move in 1986 to move to Michigan, but that was to be the family is number one,” the Michigan native added. “And that works.”
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For Daniels, 64, it was super important that his family came for the first time about his acting gigs. The two-time Emmy winner is married to his childhood sweetheart Kathleen for 40 years and the couple shares three children together: Ben, 34, Luke, 31, and Nellie, 28, according to the news outlet.
“Kathleen is permanent. The family is permanent,” Daniels noted. “Careers are job to job, you’re hot, you’re not.”
Plus, when it came to the Hollywood lifestyle, the star just “never bought,” he said. “I knew how fleeting it was and I had no confidence for a second, so I moved to Michigan.”
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Daniels made the headlines earlier this week when he declared that the “end of democracy” as President of the Asset is re-elected in 2020 during a Monday appearance on MSNBC.
“I live in Michigan. After the elections, I was surprised at some of the people,” Daniels reflected on 2016. “I said,” Can you believe this election?’ And they go, ‘Yes, that is not it wonderful?’… you didn’t see it coming.”
Promoting his Broadway stint as Atticus Finch in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Tony-nominated actor in comparison with his fight in the current political climate, Finch’s, insisting that they are “good people” despite the disconnect, and that the people in the Midwest “don’t care” about things like people who live in the coasts do.
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“You have to decide whether, like Atticus, that you believe that there is still compassion, decency, politeness, respect for others, do onto others… all the stuff that you believe in and you haven’t voted for Hillary, or Trump, where are you now?” Daniels continued.
“Because you’re children are looking to you go, ‘but he is’ and I think there are a lot of people in the Midwest who are going, ‘sigh’. It would be enough for them. We are going to figure it out, you know, if the big gamble is to go all the way to November 2020, that I agree, and losses. It is the end of democracy.”
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.