Stephen Amell was a proud father at the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows premiere over the weekend, where he brought his young daughter, Maverick, to the festivities.
“I'm slightly uncomfortable with how well she handled the red carpet,” the 35-year-old Arrow star joked to ET’s Lauren Zima at Sunday’s New York City premiere at Madison Square Garden of his daughter, “but I have been promising her for a very long time that she would get to come to the Turtles premiere and get to wear a pretty dress.”
Amell’s adorable 2-year-old daughter walked the red carpet with her parents in a show-stealing green dress with a blue bow -- a possible homage to Turtles leader Leonardo – that the actor designed. Amell revealed that his daughter, whom he adoringly calls Mavi, is the life of the party.
“She’s good, though,” he said. “She’s going to be three in October and she likes princesses and pretty dresses and she’s healthy and happy and smart, and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Between the rigors of filming Arrow, dipping his toe in movies and fatherhood, Amell admitted balancing it all can be a day-to-day grind and revealed that he and his wife, Cassandra Jean, have a “seven-day rule.”
“My wife and I are pretty into a rule that we never really go more than seven days without seeing one another and Facetime certainly makes things especially, especially with Mavi because she doesn’t even understand the basic tenants of a phone call,” Amell shared. “If she heard me on the phone, she would be, ‘Why can’t I see dada?’”
ET also spoke with Amell's wife , who said that the family’s jet-setting ways has been in Mavi’s blood since birth.
“Through lots of flights,” Jean said when asked how the family keeps it all together. “We’ve got a good set-up in Vancouver [where Arrow] films, we’ve got a good set-up in L.A. [where they’re based] and we’ve got a good travel system.”
For now, the 30-year-old former America’s Next Top Model finalist is content with letting Mavi enjoy her childhood. If she gets the acting bug like her father when she gets older, they’ll act accordingly.
“Right now, we have a hard ‘no’ rule because we know that actors are crazy, both being actors. So it’s a crazy environment,” Jean explained. “But we’ll see. She could turn seven and be like, ‘I want to be on TV, too!’”
“My daughter got to see the Turtles’ lair and the Turtles’ truck and stuff like that and that was really cool,” he told ET’s Carly Steel. “She was, like, one-and-a-half so it was a bit early, but she’s getting fired up now.”
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows hits theaters June 3.