Ian Ziering: I Did 'Sharknado' to Get Health Insurance for My Kids
Ian Ziering celebrates being named Daddy of the Year with his wife Erin Ludwig and daughters Mia Ziering and Penna Ziering (Photo by Charley Gallay/WireImage)
Ian Ziering did the so-bad-it's-good Syfy movie "Sharknado" for the money — but not to support a flashy celebrity lifestyle. Rather, he did it to give his kids health insurance!
When the former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star first read the script, he was "apprehensive," as he told ABC News. But then his wife reminded him, "Look, you're going to have two babies [by] this spring, you need to go to work."
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"As an actor I get my insurance from the Screen Actor's Guild by union, and you have to make so much every year to get that type 1 insurance," he explained.
He realized he had to "take one for the team" and take on "Sharknado."
"I probably would have passed on it," the 49-year-old star admitted. "But now it's not just me, I'm providing for a wife and two kids."
That's one great father — in fact, Ziering was named Daddy of the Year by DaddyScrubs. The actor clearly dotes on his daughters, 2-year-old Mia and 6-month-old Penna. He couldn't stop gushing about them to ABC.
"It's so fun. Being a dad is the best role I've ever played, with all due respect to Steve Sanders," he said. "It really is the best thing ever."
Ziering didn't become a parent until his mid-40s. It wasn't until he met his wife, nurse Erin Ludwig, that he felt ready to become a father. And when that happened, Ziering didn't waste any time.