Jason Ritter Shares He’s Not Ashamed of Being a ‘Nepo Baby’: ‘Dad Made Me Work, It Was Like a Full Nepotism Mercenary’
Jason Ritter has expressed a lack of embarrassment about being born into a family with connections in the entertainment industry. During an interview, the actor shared that his first acting job was thanks to his late father, John Ritter, who helped him land the role. In a conversation, he called it ‘full on nepotism hire’. Jason’s candid revelation shows a refreshing openness about his nepotistic roots in an industry often criticized for favoring those with connections. (Also Read: Paris Hilton breaks silence on her ‘inappropriate relationship’ with teacher: ‘He came over to my house and kissed me’)
During an appearance on The Jess Cagle Show on SiriusXM, Jason revealed that his late father was instrumental in helping him secure his first acting job. He said, “Oh, as a little kid, when I was maybe 6 years old or something like that, my dad was making a cartoon called The Real Story of O Christmas Tree. I’ll say without hesitation, It was like a full-on nepotism hire. I’ll admit it. He definitely got me the job. I tried to stay away from him afterwards.”
Jason reminisced about his childhood acting career and shared a humorous memory of his role in the animated special, The Real Story of O Christmas Tree, explaining, “He (John) played my Uncle Pine. It was funny because, as I got older and I found that recording again, I went, Oh, they must have raised my voice to make it so high.’ Both my parents were like, ‘No, no. That was, yeah … it was too high. Jason, that was your voice.’
Jason Ritter is best known for his roles in several television series, including Parenthood, Gravity Falls and Joan of Arcadia. He is the son of the late John Ritter and Nancy Morgan. Jason began his acting career as a child, starring in the television film The Dreamer of Oz and the comedy-drama The Tale of the Frog Prince. He has appeared in a variety of films and television shows and has been nominated for several awards, including an Emmy for his work on Parenthood. He has also worked as a voice actor, lending his voice to characters in animated shows such as Gravity Falls. Jason’s talent and versatility have made him a respected figure in the entertainment industry. He married Melanie Linsky in 2020.