The entire interview was a gold mine of information about Sprouse’s life as a child actor, the trials and tribulations he and his identical twin brother, Dylan Sprouse, faced and the drama that comes with fame.
Cole Sprouse Dives Deep Into His Childhood
Sprouse first dove into his upbringing. He and Dylan were born in Italy and around age one his mother and father split. They were moved to California and their mother thrust them into the entertainment industry.
The twins quickly became hot commodities and appeared in “Friends” and Adam Sandler’s “Big Daddy.”
However, things took a turn when their mother essentially imploded their childhood careers, and a judge granted their father forced custody.
“You mentioned that when you got the ‘Suite Life of Zack & Cody,’ it was a lifeline. How would your dad keep you guys from going down that bad path?” Cooper asked. “So, prior to ‘Suite Life,’ where were you two [Cole & Dylan] at mentally?”
Cole Speaks About How His Mother Financially Ruining Child Career
“Oh man, I don’t think I’ve ever talked about this. Um, cause in very many ways I was lucky for it not to be discussed. But when my father was given forced custody, uh, we had pretty much lost everything from the youngest parts of our career. Um, that would be ‘Friends,’ ‘Big Daddy,’ and a lot of that,” he revealed. “My mother was an incredibly wonderful and artistic woman, but she was financially the most irresponsible person ever. So, we really didn’t have much.”
Sprouse explained that his father’s blue-collar lifestyle was a life and career saver.
“We moved in with our father, who was a very blue-collar dude, and we lived underneath this wonderful Russian couple named Helen and Vadeem in the back of their house,” Sprouse explained. “The prospect of the consistency of the money alone was life changing for not only my brother and I at the time, but also my father.”
Cole No Longer Has A Relationship With His Mother
The “Riverdale” actor doted on his father saying he was their biggest supporter, and guided them with a “gentle yet firm hand” towards this sort of moral compass for “who I am today.”
Another factor in their success from being childhood actors to adult actors was their desire to play video games and stay out of trouble.
The two were not big partiers given their appearance.
“We were 13, but looked eight. I was 16 and looked 10. I had a bull-cut and looked like a little Dutch girl,” the 30-year-old joked.
Cooper essentially asked Sprouse how he now feels about his mother losing all their money.
Sprouse was surprisingly understanding about his mother’s financial pitfalls.
“I don’t blame her. She’s human. I think in very many ways we are more or less durable to the trappings of success and everyone has their own personal navigation through that stuff,” he noted. “… I’m remorseful in very many ways that she wasn’t able to get out of it, but I don’t blame her at all ‘cause she’s a human and she was an artist. So, I think it’s very funny, because artists… most of us only join the arts because we’re pretty f**ked up.”
Despite forgiving his mother, he admitted he has absolutely no relationship with her. He believes she kind of lost her mind.
Sprouse revealed that it was only three years ago that he was done paying the bills for his family.
“Oh man, um, three years ago. When I hit success with ‘Riverdale’… I also love my father very much. He put a lot of his life on hold to ensure that my brother and I were ok, and I owe him a lot for that,” Sprouse said. “And if that comes through a financial conversations, then so be it.”