Jack Quaid: I didn't realize my parents were famous until they divorced

Say what? Jack Quaid had no idea that his parents, Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid, were famous until they got divorced.

“It didn’t really hit me, to be honest,” the Boys star, 26, told press at the TCA Winter Press Tour. It wasn’t until he saw headlines about Meg and Dennis’ split that he understood. “I was like, ‘Oh, OK, so everyone knows.’ Then, yeah, I knew [they were famous], but it was just kind of normal to me,” he said. “They were just my parents.”

The stars’ 10-year marriage ended in 1998, when Jack was 8 years old. “It’s one of those that it’s a hard deal,” he admitted on the “Allegedly” podcast in 2016. “But, I mean, it’s just as hard as any other divorce, really.”

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Actors Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan (wearing sunglasses). (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
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Meg Ryan, one of the stars of the new film "Courage Under Fire," poses with her husband, actor Dennis Quaid, at the film's premiere July 8. The film also stars Denzel-Washington.
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(NO TABLOIDS) Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan during Elton John Named the 2000 MusiCares Person of the Year by the GRAMMY Awards at the Fox Studios in NEW YORK, NY. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
371834 01: FILE PHOTO: Meg Ryan and Dennis Quaid attend the premiere of Quaid's new film, 'Savior' October 27, 1998. It has been reported June 29, 2000 that the couple had separated after nine years of marriage. According to their publicist, they split six weeks ago and the breakup was '...mutual and amicable.' (Photo by Dan Callister/Online USA)
Actress Meg Ryan chats with her actor husband Dennis Quaid before the start of the Royal Premiere of the film the Parent Trap at London's Odeon in Leicester Square November 9. The latest film from the Disney stable, stars Quaid and British actress Natasha Richardson. HP
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During the press tour, the Hunger Games actor also opened up about his memories on set with his mom and dad — specifically, hanging out at the craft service truck. “I would just go in there and eat as much candy as I want,” Jack said. “That was the one perk, really.”

He added: “I didn’t really pick up anything [on set]. You don’t really know how to do it until you’re on the set yourself.”

Now Jack has a role on Amazon’s upcoming superhero series, The Boys. Although his parents haven’t seen it yet, the Los Angeles native admitted, “They’re stoked.”

In fact, Meg and Dennis encouraged their son when he told them that he wanted to follow in their acting footsteps. “Most parents, if you say, ‘I’m going to try to be an actor,’ they say, ‘What are you talking about? That’s not a viable career,’” Jack told Us Weekly exclusively in April 2018. “But they’re two people that have done it and succeeded at it, so they encouraged me. When I said, ‘I want to do what you guys do,’ they were like, ‘Go for it.’”

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PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 13: Jack Quaid of the television show 'The Boys' speaks during the Amazon Prime Video Session of the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on February 13, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Jack Quaid, Karen Fukuhara, and Laz Alonso of Amazon Prime Video's 'The Boys' pose for a portrait at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena on February 13, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Corey Nickols/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: Jack Quaid arrives at the Brooks Brothers Hosts Annual Holiday Celebration In Los Angeles To Benefit St. Jude at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: Jack Quaid arrives at the Brooks Brothers Hosts Annual Holiday Celebration In Los Angeles To Benefit St. Jude at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 06: Jack Quaid (L) and Lizzy McGroder attend the 2018 GQ Men of the Year Party at a private residence on December 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for GQ)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Topher Grace and Jack Quaid attend GQ's Men of the Year Party in partnership with FIJI Water on December 06, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/Getty Images for FIJI Water)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Actor Jack Quaid participates in Entertainment Weekly's Breaking Big panel at New York Comic Con on October 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Lars Niki/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 05: Jack Quaid speaks onstage at the Amazon's The Boys panel during New York Comic Con 2018 at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 5, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images for New York Comic Con)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 05: Jack Quaid attends the 2018 LA Family Housing Awards at The Lot in West Hollywood on April 5, 2018 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 04: Actors Jack Quaid (L) and Jason Liles arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Rampage' at the Microsoft Theatre on April 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Jack Quaid attends the World Premiere of 'Rampage' on April 4, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACON (Photo credit should read VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 25: John Mellencamp, Meg Ryan and Jack Quaid attend the New York Knicks Vs Philadelphia 76ers game at Madison Square Garden on December 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/Getty Images)
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With reporting by Amanda Champagne

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