At home with his teenage daughter the star reveals to Lucy Chesterton that he wants more kids!
Teenager Taylor Durie has a distinct American twang as she talks about her favourite Hollywood hangouts. But standing next to her famous dad, Jamie Durie, Taylor’s down-to-earth Aussie roots still shine through.
Although she lives across the street from comedy star Jack Black, and her garden guru father spends his afternoons pottering around the yard of Hollywood superstar Charlize Theron, there’s no doubt the 15-year-old has her feet planted firmly on the ground.
“We enjoy a simple life,” Jamie says proudly, putting an arm around his daughter, who is being interviewed for the first time for an exclusive Woman’s Day shoot in Los Angeles. “We go camping together, surfing and bike riding. I take her up into the Hollywood Hills on my motorbike and there’s a secret track up there where you can ride right up behind the Hollywood sign.”
In fact, Australian-born Taylor gives LA’s celebrity hang-outs a wide berth; for her, it’s a good novel that holds appeal. Her top spot is Book Soup, an independent bookseller a block from The Viper Room nightclub (where River Phoenix died).
“I have so many books I love to read!” she says before listing favourites such as East of Eden, by John Steinbeck. And as dad and daughter pose on Jamie’s impressive motorbike for our shoot, she reveals another side to her knockabout dad.