The actor, who was born in the small village of Llwydcoed in Wales, has resided in California since his big screen career took off in the early 2000s.
He wed British actress Alice Evans in 2007, and they welcomed little Ella two years later (09) - and Gruffudd is determined to make sure the youngster stays true to her background.
He tells Britain's Daily Express, "I speak Welsh to Ella full-time and we ask the nanny to speak with her in Spanish. Eventually Ella will be trilingual."
Disney's new movie Mars Needs Moms suffers from a classic mistake: focusing too much on one aspect of a production -- and in this case it's the visuals. The result is an unbalanced mess that looks terrific but doesn't have enough substance to leave the audience with anything more to "ooh" and "ah" at other than all the pretty colors. As we all know from that one really really hot girl/guy in high school who's now overweight and working a dead-end job looks can only go so far.
Adapted from the children's novel by Berkeley Breathed and directed by Simon Wells Mars Needs Moms follows Milo (acted by Seth Green voiced by Seth Robert Dusky) as he chases after his mother who's been stolen by Martians just a few hours after he told her he'd be better off without her. Once he arrives on Mars (by sneaking on the ship) he meets Gribble (Dan Fogler) who informs him of his problem: the Martians are ruled by a ruthless queen-like Supervisor (Mindy Sterling) who's decided that the hatchlings (babies who sprout from the ground like vegetables) must be divided: all males are thrown away into the dump and the females are raised by "nanny-bots" -- robots programmed by the "discipline" energy of good moms like Milo's from Earth. Milo and Gribble buddy-up and with the help of a rebel Martian named Ki (Elisabeth Harnois) the three of them venture to save Milo's mom before it's too late.
And venture on they do. Coming from producer Robert Zemeckis and utilizing the same motion-capture technology as The Polar Express A Christmas Carol and Beowulf Mars Needs Moms rushes forward embracing its visually stunning universe without taking a moment to stop and breathe. The characters never have a chance to do anything significant that would make the audience think they're substantial or important -- especially Gribble whom the filmmakers really really want us to care for. On top of that it relies on a plot line that we've all seen before and instead of diving into the parts that made it interesting (like the question of why men were thrown in the garbage and not women) it skims safely along the surface doing its best to avoid anything deeper than basic themes.
But that may be a little too picky. After all the movie is just supposed to be a fun little child's tale right? In that vein it succeeds. We feel like we're on an amusement park ride thanks to Ki's vibrant '60s flower-power paintings and the adventures on the Red Planet's surface. Even the moments that aren't super fast-paced present environments that are beautiful. Plus Fogler's performance as Gribble (as Jack Black-esque as it was) gives us some fun enjoyable moments and one-liners that kids will no doubt love.
Yet at the same time Mars Needs Moms' visuals aren't all glorious. In fact some hurt the plot because frankly the humans aren't animated very well. There's no life in their eyes. Simple movements like walking look awkward and too often characters facial expressions don't match the urgency found in their voices. Instead the animation just turns all the characters into weird cartoony versions of themselves that look so "almost human" they appear fake. And as always it's difficult to care for fake people.
Children will definitely enjoy Mars Needs Moms but from a filmmaking standpoint Wells really missed an opportunity to deliver something other than neat visuals and one-liners.
Last night was the episode where all of the women that Brad deemed not right for him got together and defended their choices to leave their daughters and their manscaping careers at home and come on the show. They all told Chris Harrison how they went into it thinking they were going to find love (“find it,” as if it’s more elusive than a green M&M costume or something), and that they weren’t there for any of the other reasons that were suggested (like to gain celebrity, money, or other reality TV show deals). Essentially, they all just complained about the process of trying to date this one guy who was among a bunch of other women, and the fact that none of them were able to get an advantage because everyone was waxed in the same place.
“Michelle, are you really going to sit there and cry? Like honestly?” – Christy
After suffering through a ten-minute promo for this summer’s Bachelor Pad, all the girls started attacking Michelle for being so vindictive and conniving and terrible over the course of the season. Then, in preparation of Michelle denying everything, we got to re-live every single time Michelle pulled Brad aside with her stupid braided scalp and demanded that Brad eliminate girls X, Y, and Z. We EVEN got to watch it while watching Michelle’s reaction to the compilation, which was a nice touch because she became even more and more defeated. So that, combined with sitting among a group of people telling her that for a hairstylist, her hairstyle never changes, led Michelle to break down in her seat. Ashley H (Brad’s most recent elimination) tried to defend her, and said that she really did get to know Michelle pretty well, and that Michelle is a good person even though she said (regarding her black eye), “Hey, if I did this to myself, imagine what I could do to the other girls.”
“I went there for the right reasons.” – Michelle
Michelle continued to act like a puppy that refused to own up to just missing the wee-wee pad by crying the entire time she was sitting across from Chris Harrison in what was unoriginally dubbed, “The Hot Seat.” The only reason we recognized Michelle as being Michelle was from her turquoise jewelry (that’s supposed to make her look like a nice person with a garden and a compost) and from the eye rolls we saw the other women throw in her direction when she said she was just being herself on the show and that she didn’t think she came across that terribly. Chris was intrigued as to why the other women were so hostile to Michelle and as she was explaining the experience she had dating Brad along with 15 or so other women, Jackie and Christy interjected and said they didn’t believe a good mother would ever choose to go on a reality show and leave her daughter behind and at home. Michelle began to cry even more, and Britt (the sequined dress oxymoron that’s the anorexic food writer) came to Michelle’s rescue by suggesting that they Michelle’s gorgeousity just made all the other women self-conscious. Everyone just clapped and gave up after they realized that maybe they really should lay off of Michelle because it’s gotta be hard living in Utah.
“In the beginning, they think I’m great and they think I’m such a catch. And then they realize they don’t want to be in a relationship, so instead of maybe telling me, they end up cheating on me or the relationship just goes completely downhill and I’ve already invested so much into it.” – Ashley S.
Then, the girl who Brad gave the First Impression Rose to, Ashley S., sat down with Chris and, in the time that she has been off the show, she seemed to have reverted back to the peanut butter and banana sandwich and “ooh! You got some boogies on the crust? No problem!” nanny, rather than the woman who squeezed Brad’s ass when she first met him. She told Chris how much crap she’d been through before she’d come on the show in terms of her prior relationships, and she suggested that every man she’s dated has slowly realized he doesn’t want to date her after agreeing to do so. She did express hope for the future, though, and asked if Chris had any single friends for her. Chris threw the show to commercial instead of answering because if his only two roles on this show are to alert the women as to how many roses remain at the end of each Elimination Ceremony and to host the reunion show and hand out kleenexes, then he definitely doesn’t have any single and hot friends.
“I was never 100% sure.” – Ashley
Then the other Ashley (who was just eliminated in South Africa) sat down with Chris with her new brown hair and her whitened teeth and told him how she was never really sure how Brad felt about her. She also said that she regretted not telling Brad that she was in love with him, and admitted that she was probably ignoring everything Brad was doing to try and tell her how he felt about her as a means of protecting herself from heartache. All in all, she just regretted that she made Brad feel like he had to spent so much time convincing her that she was okay instead of enjoying themselves and sipping drinks that are colors that don’t have names.
Finally, Brad came out on stage and was shocked to see that a woman like Ashley could dye her hair. He was also apologetic towards the other Ashley, to whom he said he didn’t think she’d be a good wife for him and also insinuated that he didn’t think she’d be a good wife in general. Then Brad turned to Michelle and said he would defend her until he was blue in the face, and that he loved her confidence. Finally, Brad turned back to who is being billed as the New and Improved Ashley H and told her that she didn’t need to apologize for questioning herself or for ruining their chance at a relationship or anything like that, because there were days when he questioned himself, too. The rest of the episode was dedicated to listening to Brad gush about how happy he is with the woman he's chosen (which will be revealed next week), and it was nice and everything, but it wasn't nearly as nice as watching video of Chris Harrison telling himself it was okay to pull out some serious moves while playing soccer against some school kids in South Africa because he bought a water heater for them.
Sara Trumble alleged in court that Sir Paul McCartney's ex-wife forced her to work overtime without pay and then replaced her when she gave birth to a daughter, while Mills claimed her relationship with the child carer broke down when Trumble asked for $6,000 (£4,000) for cosmetic surgery.
Trumble lost her case against the reality TV star on Friday (04Jun10) and Mills admits she is ecstatic that the ruling went in her favour.
She tells Britain's Sunday Express, "Let this be a lesson to anyone who thinks just because their employer is in the public eye they can get money for nothing.
"As a campaigner for justice, I wasn't going to let her get away with it. I've had months of emotional stress because of it. Sara lost on every point; it was all lies.
"When she joined me she was young and was used to being flown around in private jets and spoilt with free cars and money. Then she left and ended up cleaning a caravan park. It was then that she decided to try her luck."
Edis Kayalar, 26, was charged with attempting to extort $100,000 (£62,500) from the couple after threatening to sell a photo of their young daughter, Kaia Jordan, tied to a chair to the media.
The seven year old was reportedly playing a game at home when the picture was taken by a nanny.
The news of the blackmail attempt broke last year (09) after Gerber reportedly paid Kayalar $1,000 (£625) to keep the photo away from the media, but he turned to officials at America's Federal Bureau of Investigation when the extortionist made further demands for cash.
Kayalar fled the U.S. in September (09) but surrendered himself to police in Germany in November (09) after U.S. authorities appealed for international help in tracking him down.
He was convicted of attempted blackmail at a court in Germany on Tuesday (09Mar10) and handed a two-year prison sentence.
Crawford and Gerber spoke out on Wednesday (10Mar10), thanking officials for bringing the case to a swift conclusion.
A statement released by the pair reads: "We want to express our gratitude to the FBI, the U.S. District Attorney's Office in Los Angeles and the German law-enforcement authorities for their co-ordination and efforts in this case."
A school teacher with no husband or family, decides to use her maternal skills, and change careers. She becomes a nanny for a wealthy family, and ends up falling in love with the children-and their father.