Dax Shepard and Gwyneth Paltrow on Having ‘The Talk’ with Kids About Sex

Dax Shepard had Gwyneth Paltrow on his podcast, Armchair Expert, where they talked about drugs, parenting, and more. On the topic of parenting they discussed having “the talk” with their kids about sex. Keep reading to learn what they had to say and what advice they dished out.

Shepard’s marriage to Kristen Bell

Shepard, of NBC’s Parenthood and the Netflix original series The Ranch, is married to fellow Michigan native and actor, Kristen Bell. She is most well-known for her role as Anna in Disney’s Frozen followed by playing the voice of Gossip Girl on the CW series of the same name.

The two regularly get real about their relationship and life together as a married couple on social media. They got married in 2013 and have two daughters, Lincoln, 5, and Delta, 4, according to People.

“We definitely had to work really hard at being a couple because we’re both incredibly, painfully stubborn, and we’re pretty much opposites,” Shepard told People.

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In the same interview, Bell chimed in about what it actually takes to make a relationship work.

“All these movies from the ’80s taught us that it’s love at first sight, and it is supposed to be easy and [that] all you have to do is find that person,” she said. “It took me a while to realize, ‘Oh, that was such a lie,’ because things that you work really, really, really hard for always yield the best results.”

They recount having ‘the talk’ with daughter

During an appearance on a February 2019 episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Shepard and Bell discussed having “the talk” with their daughter Lincoln.

They make it clear to DeGeneres and the audience they didn’t set out to have the sex talk with their 5-year-old daughter but that she brought it up by asking “But where do babies come from?”

They recount the conversation, where right in the middle of discussing the act itself, their daughter got up and went outside. Bell joked that they “bored her to death.”

‘I’m very pro sex’

On the March 18, 2019, episode of Armchair Podcast, Shepard and Paltrow discussed talking about sex with their kids. Shepard shared his stance on kids having sex.

“It’s funny because I tell myself I have a narrative I’m spinning about how I’m going to be as a father of two daughters,” Shepard said on the podcast.

“Currently, I’m of the opinion, I’m super pro sex. I am anti having sex to get approval.  I am anti having sex to get someone to like you or to gain status in a social circle but if my daughters are horny and they have decided they want to have sex, I am very pro sex.”

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Paltrow agreed that she too is pro sex and complimented Shepard on his parenting skills. “You’re a really thoughtful father,” she said. “I’m always so impressed with how intentional you are of your parenting.”

Paltrow ‘not a good drugs person’

Shepard and Paltrow covered another big topic on the podcast, drugs. Shepard has been sober for 14 years, according to the Daily Mail. He used to have addictions to crystal meth, cocaine, and alcohol.  Paltrow on the other hand “never really did drugs,” and said she never tried mushrooms or acid.

She did recount an experience she had when she smoked too much marijuana: “I feel like it was more of a shamanic experience? I had a lot of trauma come up and I was crying. But it wasn’t like, I’m at a rave with my shirt off.”

“It really freaked me out, I’m just not a good drugs person,” Paltrow added.