Anthony Anderson Brings Mom as Date to Barbershop Premiere, Opens Up About Her Sacrifices: It's 'Because of Her I'm Here'

Anthony Anderson with Mom at Barbershop Premiere, Looks Back on Her Sacrifices
Anthony Anderson and his mother, Doris Hancox
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04/07/2016 AT 10:55 AM EDT

He got it from his momma!

That's what Anthony Anderson said about his acting career at the premiere of Barbershop: The Next Cut on Wednesday night in Los Angeles.

"This is what my momma dreamed of doing," Anderson told PEOPLE of his mother, Doris Hancox, who was with him at the premiere. "Because of her I'm here. Because of the sacrifices she made and for deferring her dream as an actor, because she was a young single mother who had me, I get to do this for her."

The actor may be humbled by his mother's sacrifice, but her acting skills are a different story.



"Unfortunately, she's a horrible actress," Anderson, 45, joked. "She will never get to stand on the red carpet at the premiere of one of her movies, so she lives vicariously through me."

He continued: "And if you ask my mother why it is she has no talent, she'll say it's 'because I gave it all to you, baby,' so she admits it. She admits she has no talent!"

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When it comes to parenting his kids, daughter Kira and son Nathan, however, Anderson admits his talents aren't anything to boast about.

"My daughter is 20 and my son is 16," the Blackish star said. "Thank god my son is 16. I can deal with that, but dealing with the hormones of a young 16-year-old girl is something I couldn't identify with when we were going through that."

The proud dad added: "But she's a beautiful young woman now. She makes me so proud. She's a sophomore at the University of San Diego."

And, thankfully, his daughter's growing up means the days of worrying about boys preying on his little girl are a thing of the past.

"I had a shotgun," he joked. "I had a whole lot of things I shouldn't admit to having on the red carpet."
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