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Steve Carell: My kids respect me

Steve Carell believes not teaching children respect is doing them a "disservice".

The actor is married to Saturday Night Live's Nancy Walls and together they have children Elisabeth, 12, and nine-year-old John.

Despite enjoying a successful career with films like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and the Anchorman franchise, Steve makes time to bring his brood up properly.

"I think I am fair. I think I know where to draw the line. And thankfully my kids respect me - which is I think is the greatest hurdle that a parent has," he revealed to British newspaper The Telegraph.

"I don't always see that with kids - either towards their parents or towards other adults and I think you are doing them a disservice."

Steve is currently busy promoting Despicable Me 2, in which he voices loveable villain Gru.

Although his son hasn't expressed any interest in following his dad's career path yet, he did voice a minion in the film, the franchise's trademark yellow creatures.

"I don't think he has any interest in acting in general but he loved the minions so much that he wanted to supply a voice," Steve smiled.

"On the way out [after filming] he looked at me - he was eight at this point - and he said, 'Hey, that was a really nice crew'. I was like, 'Who are you?'"

The star is also gearing up for the release of Anchorman: The Legend Continues, which also stars Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell.

While his life in the limelight is far from the norm, he doesn't let it rub off on his family.

"We don't shine a light on it; it's not that big a deal. Their friends just know me as Mr Carell. We live a very - to say that we live a normal life implies that we don't - but to us it just feels very ordinary. We take our kids to school in the morning, we pick them up at the end of the day, we help them with their homework, we go to movies, we go to Disneyland; it's no different from anyone else," he shrugged.

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