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
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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