Angela Basset Says Her Twins Could Make Their Beds At 18 Months Old


Angela Bassett reveals she taught her now-13-year-old twins, Bronwyn and Slater, to do chores when they were only 18 months old.

“You got to put the work in with them when they’re early, in the young years,” the American Horror Story star, 61, recently told Us Weekly and other reporters while celebrating the FX show’s 100th episode. “When they get to 13, you don’t have no problems. [At] 18 months, have them making their beds and cleaning up. The covers are only [so] big, those little blankies.”

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The actress and her husband, Courtney B. Vance, also taught their little ones to pray when they were 2. “It’s like, ‘What are you grateful for? What are you thankful for?’” the New York native explained. “Of course they’re like, ‘I’m thankful my sister gave me her cookies today.’ … That gratefulness continues to grow and to mature and to expand. But you have to start them early and model it by saying, ‘[Here’s] what I’m thankful for.’ Then they sort of get it and realize they’ve got some stuff to be happy about too.”

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Now, the Black Panther star says she is proud of Bronwyn and Slater. But she admits that raising twins has had its tough moments over the years. “One gets you physically, the other one works you mentally,” Bassett explained to Us.

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Bassett (a Golden Globe-winner) and Vance (who has a Tony and won an Emmy for playing Johnnie Cochran in American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson) dominate the red carpet. No matter the year, the couple's love and ageless good looks shine through. They met at the Yale School of Drama.

She and Vance, 59, wed in October 1997 and the actor shared his secret to their long and happy marriage in April. “It’s, ‘Yes, dear. How can I help? What do you need me to do?” he told Us exclusively at the time. The Michigan native also advocated for spending quality time together as a couple, saying, “We used to go see two and three movies a night. Just fun things.”

Bassett told Net-a-Porter. of their relationship the previous year: “He always said, ‘Divorce is not an option.’ I’ve always told him: ‘Do what you want to do’ – meaning pursue his dreams – ‘because I don’t want you to get to the end and blame anything on me.’”

The actress, who is currently starring on 9-1-1, notably starred in seasons 3, 4, 5, and 6. “I’ll be back whenever they call,” Angela told HollywoodLife about whether or not she’d return for season 10 of American Horror Story.

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