Adam Sandler’s daughter Sunny Sandler is making a name for herself in Hollywood, but before she fully understood the ins and outs of the industry, she wasn’t too keen on seeing her dad kiss actresses for his films.
Sandler recently appeared on The Jennifer Hudson Show to promote his new Netflix animated feature, Leo, in which his daughters, Sadie and Sunny, join him in the voice cast. During his time on the show, Sandler reminisced about co-starring with Jennifer Hudson in Netflix’s 2017 title Sandy Wexler, where Hudson’s son, David, was confused as to why she was kissing her co-star in a scene.
Sandler revealed that his own daughters have sometimes struggled with seeing him kiss actresses for his projects, with Sunny, now 15, having had a stronger reaction to it than her older sister, Sadie, now 17. Both Sunny and Sadie starred with their parents, Adam Sandler and wife Jackie Sandler, in Netflix’s You Are So Not Invited to My Bat Mitzvah, released earlier this year to strong critical response.
“When I have to kiss anybody, they’re not thrilled about that,” Sandler said about his daughters. “My wife is always telling them, ‘It’s OK. It’s part of the job. Let daddy kiss.’” He continued, “Sadie was always fine with it. Sunny would always be going over to my wife, saying, ‘You have to watch them. That’s not good. I don’t like that.’”
Sandler even joked about his kissing scenes in movies, stating that he goes “a little tight-mouth” and “I don’t open up too wide.” Hudson concurred, noting that it’s “very movie-appropriate.”
In addition to Hudson, Sandler has shared the screen with a number of A-list love interests throughout his career. This includes Drew Barrymore in The Wedding Singer, Winona Ryder in Mr. Deeds, Marisa Tomei in Anger Management, Kate Beckinsale in Click, Salma Hayek in Grown Ups, and Jennifer Aniston in Murder Mystery, among others.
Sandler’s daughter, Sunny, is certainly following in her father’s footsteps, and her concern over his kissing scenes highlights the unique challenges that children of celebrities may face when trying to grasp their parents’ on-screen roles.
This conversation also sheds light on the complexities of celebrity family dynamics and the impact it can have on a child’s perspective of their parent’s career. With Sunny now making her own mark in the entertainment industry, her experiences as a “Hollywood kid” add an interesting layer to the ongoing dialogue about the intersection of fame, family, and personal boundaries in the world of celebrity culture.