Ben Stiller jokes daughter Ella has a football scholarship for Yale

Ben Stiller brought daughter Ella along to his latest appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as they toured Southern California colleges, but the 16-year-old’s collegiate future has already been decided, the actor joked: “She is going to Yale on a full football scholarship. And she’s going to major in Photoshop.”

The Escape at Dannemora director, 53, then turned serious as he reflected on the nationwide college admissions scandal in which Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have been charged. “No, it’s a crazy time,” he told host Ellen DeGeneres in the episode, which airs on Friday, March 22. “I mean, look, there’s crazy pressure that the kids go through and the parents go through, but obviously, you gotta draw the line.”

The Zoolander star also revealed that Ella will follow his footsteps and pursue an acting career. She has already appeared in two of her dad’s projects, playing bit parts in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and Escape at Dannemora.

“I am happy because she loves it, and she’s very passionate about it and she knows what she wants to do,” Stiller told DeGeneres, 61. “I knew when I was 10, 11 years old that I wanted to direct movies and eventually act too. But it’s a crazy business, as you know, so I just want to support her in it in any way possible.”

“Legally,” he added with a laugh.

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Ben Stiller and daughter Ella Stiller through the years
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Ben Stiller and daughter Ella Stiller through the years
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 16: Ben Stiller and Ella Olivia Stiller attend "The Lightning Thief" opening night at the Longacre Theatre on October 16, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Ben Stiller and daughter Ella Stiller pose at the opening night after party for the new musical based on the film "The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical" on Broadway at Bowlmor Lanes Bolwing Alley & Lounge on October 16, 2019 in New York City (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Ella Stiller, Ben Stiller, Performer/Playwright Heidi Schreck, Christine Taylor and Quinlin Stiller pose backstage at the hit play "What the Constitution Means to Me" on Broadway at The Helen Hayes Theatre on May 5, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Andy Karl, Orfeh, Ella Stiller, Christine Taylor, Quinlin Stiller and Ben Stiller pose backstage at the hit musical based on the film "Pretty Woman:The Musiical" on Broadway at The Nederlander Theatre on April 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Ella Stiller and Ben Stiller attend the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 06: Ben Stiller, daughter Ella (L), and Patricia Arquette attend the InStyle And Warner Bros. Golden Globes After Party 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 6, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Ella Stiller and Ben Stiller attends the 76th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 06, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
ALICE TULLY HALL LINCOLN CENTER, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2018/11/14: Ben Stiller and Ella Olivia Stiller attend the Showtime Series Premiere of Escape At Dannemora at Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: (L-R) Ella Olivia Stiller, her father, actor Ben Stiller, and director Paul Dano attend the after party for "Wildlife" during the 56th New York Film Festival at The Ribbon on September 30, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Actor and Comedian Ben Stiller and Ella Olivia Stiller attend the New York City premiere of National Geographic Documentary Films' "Free Solo" at Jazz at Lincoln Center on September 20, 2018 in New York City. Free Solo will be in theaters starting September 28th. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for National Geographic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Ben Stiller and Ella Olivia Stiller attend the New York Film Festival premiere of The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) at Alice Tully Hall on October 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Ben Stiller and Ella Olivia Stiller attend the New York Film Festival premiere of The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) at Alice Tully Hall on October 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Netflix)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 01: Ben Stiller and Ella Olivia Stiller attend The 55th New York Film Festival - 'Meyerowitz' at Alice Tully Hall on October 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Christine Taylor, Ella Olivia Stiller, and Ben Stiller attend the 'Groundhog Day' Broadway Opening Night at August Wilson Theatre on April 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jimi Celeste/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: (L-R) Christine Taylor, Ella Olivia Stiller, and Ben Stiller attend the 'Groundhog Day' Broadway Opening Night at August Wilson Theatre on April 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 01: (L-R) Ella Olivia Stiller, Christine Taylor, Lucas Steele and Ben Stiller pose backstage at the hit musical 'Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812' on Broadway at The Imperial Theatre on February 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: (L-R) Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor and daughter Ella Olivia Stiller pose backstage at the hit musical based on the cult film 'American Psycho' on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on May 12, 2016 in New York, New York. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 31: Ben Stiller, Ella Olivia Stiller and Christine Joan Taylor-Stiller are sighted on Arthur Ashe Stadium day 1 of the 2015 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Uri Schanker/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Actor Ben Stiller, daughter Ella Olivia Stiller and actress Christine Taylor attend the Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb' New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater on December 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 17: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) (L-R) Ella Olivia Stiller, Margot Seibert as 'Adrian', Christine Taylor, Ben Stiller, Quinlin Dempsey Stiller and Andy Karl as 'Rocky Balboa' pose backstage at the hit musical 'Rocky' on Broadway at The Winter Garden Theater on May 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 18: Actor Ben Stiller, daughter Ella Olivia Stiller and actress Christine Taylor-Stiller attend 20th Century Fox with The Cinema Society & Brooks Brothers host a screening of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' at The Museum of Modern Art on December 18, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 17: Ben Stiller and his daughter, Ella Olivia Stiller filming on location for 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty' on June 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
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Stiller also gave an update on son Quinlin, his other child with estranged wife Christine Taylor. “He’s in New York, and he loves basketball, and he’s, like, a nice, innocent 13-year-old,” the actor said. “I like to believe that. I don’t check his history too often.”

Stiller and Taylor, 47, married in 2000 and announced their separation in 2017.

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