Jack Quaid acknowledges 'immense privilege' of being a nepo baby

Jack Quaid isn't upset at being called a nepo baby credit:Bang Showbiz
Jack Quaid isn't upset at being called a nepo baby credit:Bang Showbiz

Jack Quaid has admitted he is "immensely privileged" as a nepo baby.

The 'Boys' actor - who is the son of Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan - doesn't resent the tag because he is aware that having famous parents has given him a leg up in the entertainment industry, but he is determined to make his mark in his own right having received that initial help.

Discussing being called a nepo baby, he told The Daily Beast: "I'm inclined to agree. I am an immensely privileged person, was able to get representation pretty early on, and that's more than half the battle.

"I knew the door was open for me in a lot of ways that it's just not for a lot of actors.

"And I've just tried to work as hard as I possibly can to prove that I deserve to walk through that door. So if that's in the rom-com space, it's got to be different enough, and I need to work my a** off."

Meg previously defended her son over being branded a nepo baby, but while Jack can understand why she spoke out, he doesn't share her concern that it undermines his talent.

He said: "My first thought was like, she's being a mom. She's being a loving mom.

"But I don't think she's trying to say that I'm not a nepo baby. I think she's just trying to say that, in her opinion, it undermines my talent. I don't think it undermines my talent.

"I know that I work hard, and I know I've heard 'no' way more than I've heard 'yes.'

"But I also know that this industry is insanely hard to break into, and I had an easier time doing that than most. Both things can be true.

"So no, I don't think she was trying to say that I'm not a privileged person. She knows. She must know. I think she was being a mom."

The 'When Harry Met Sally' star had previously insisted calling her son was "dismissive".

She told Glamour magazine: "That nepo stuff is so dismissive of his work ethic, his gifts, and how sensitive he is to the idea of his privilege."