Celebrity moms usually take the spotlight when it comes to parenting publicly, but there are plenty of famous fathers that are totally winning at it. Here are a few of our favorite celeb dad role models and why they rock.
Grand gestures are, well, grand, but at the end of the day when it comes to being an awesome dad, all moms know that it’s the little stuff that counts the most. The diapers, the bedtimes, the tooth brushing: all of the daily tasks that come with being a parent and are so much easier to face when you have a great partner. Like Justin Timberlake—his wife and mom to their son, Silas, Jessica Biel recently took to IG to sing his praises over those small, but very significant dad duties. "I'm so proud of all you've accomplished and all that is ahead for you. plus you're a super hot dad. A ninja dad. A kiddie teeth brushing, Jedi sleep mind tricking, intimidating dad voice disciplining SUPER HOT DAD. I love you, you hot dad..."
Serena Williams' husband and father to Alexis Junior takes the prize for most supportive celeb Dad. Knowing how challenging it can be to balance mom life with a career as demanding as Williams’, he won our hearts when he welcomed her back to work with, not one, but four billboards proclaiming what an awesome mom she is.
President Barack Obama
Even the leader of the free world has to deal with Dad stuff, like figuring out how to dance in front of your kids without completely embarrassing yourself. When President Obama recently made an appearance on the new hit Netflix series My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, he shared a few pointers on how to keep those Dad moves in check and still have plenty of fun on the dance floor with your kids. “I’ve got Dad moves. And I think the key is what we call staying in the pocket,” Obama explains. Everybody knows dads who “get out of the pocket” and “they’re trying stuff that they can’t really pull off.”
If your partner is a self-proclaimed comedian, then you already know just how wonderfully unfunny those dad jokes can be. Ryan Reynolds doesn’t just save those gems for his own family, but instead, he can often be found on Twitter spreading the gift of laughter to parents everywhere with zingers like, "Being a Dad isn't just about eating a huge bag of gummy-bears as your wife gives birth. It means being comfortable with the word hero."
Unfortunately being a celebrity doesn’t spare you from the way-too-early wake-ups that go hand in hand with having kids. Luckily Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell’s husband and dad extraordinaire, has a pretty rocking method for getting up and at 'em in the morning. Instead of fighting the early bird, Shepard embraces it with some sweet tunes. They crank up the stereo with the families favorites, he explained, "They love Katy Perry; they love Sia. Well, they love Hall and Oates, by the way, which is pretty elevated of them, I think. They’ve got eclectic taste. What we won’t settle for is those songs made for children. We decided early on, we’re not going to torture ourselves like that.”
Even the toughest men can turn into gushing teddy bears when it comes to their kids. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson might be famous for his massive forearms, but when it comes to his daughters, he’s more of a heart-melting kitten than a ferocious fighter. From sharing his empowering life goals for his girls, to precious birthday messages for his little ladies, and most recently, his beautiful Mother’s Day tribute to his girlfriend and mom of his two youngest girls, Lauren Hashian, the Rock has nothing but sweet, supportive words for all of the women in his life. “Just like your big sister Simone and your baby sis on the way…as your daddy, you have my word I’ll always love, protect and guide you the rest of my life.”
With the thought of those hopefully-not-too-soon dating days, it can be hard for some dads not to go into caveman mode when it comes to their daughters. For a smooth crooner and dad like John Legend, however, it’s all about letting daughter Luna make her own choices. “We feel like if we give her all the tools she needs, she’ll figure out the right person for her,” Legend explained in an interview with PEOPLE. “I’m okay with her making mistakes, too, because that’s part of growing up.”
When your dad is one of the most famous soccer (or should we say football?) players in the world chances are you might get a pointer or two on how to score that game-winning goal. Dad David Beckham might be a mega-star, but teaching his signature moves to his six-year-old daughter is less about winning the game than it is about winning her heart (and ours!) His adorable Instagram post of the two of them walking hand-in-hand, as they kick a soccer ball, is proof that he's all in as Dad.
Neil Patrick Harris
There’s nothing quite like a dad who knows how to get down and get silly with the kids, and Neil Patrick Harris is definitely an expert. He and his family’s epic Halloween costumes are amazing proof of how cool it is to be a big “kid." When you're as goofy as Harris, that fun-loving dad vibe comes pretty easily. Of course, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t still have to work at it sometimes. “Now that they’re in first grade, I try too hard to be the cool, funny dad around their friends. And that just makes me look like a dork,” he told PEOPLE. “And then I think it’s cool to be a dork, so I over-dork it up. They roll their eyes at me a lot. Which I hear is gonna happen a lot more often. I don’t know. I find it adorkable.” Now that’s an adorkable dad.
He might be a highly in-demand movie star these days, but dad Chris Pratt understands the need to step away from the limelight and spend some quality time outdoors with his son. Going on a fishing trip is their favorite way to escape the hustle and bustle and bond. As he explained in an Instagram post of an adorable father-son moment, it’s not just about catching fish, it’s about making life-long memories.
Speaking of adorkable dads, if there’s anyone who knows how to put those embarrassing dad moves to good use, it’s Jimmy Fallon. From “the lawnmower” to “the dance you do at a Bruce Springsteen concert,” Fallon’s hilarious Tonight Show segment on The Evolution of Dad Dancing proves it’s totally cool to be uncool.