Joseph Baena On Why He Chose Not To Take His Father Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Surname

‘My dad is a stallion.’

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son Joseph Baena is following in his father’s footsteps into acting, but he doesn’t have the Terminator star’s surname.

“There’s a few different variables in that,” Joseph, 24, told E!’s Daily Pop. “But that’s just not my main priority at the moment, so I’m just focused on building myself up and building my career in acting and real estate and just focusing on that right now.”

However, Joseph and his renowned father, 74, are close. Joseph is currently filming the Bitflix action thriller Lava.

“I mean, my dad is a stallion,” Joseph explained. “He’s a man’s man, I like to think, and I look up to him a lot. So in a way, he’s influenced a lot of things: the path that I have taken with acting, with fitness and my physique and the many other things that I’m doing.”

He also mentioned that he’s looking forward to spending “the holidays is my family,” though he didn’t explain who that meant.

Of course, Joseph Baena’s family history is convoluted. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was married to Maria Shriver at the time, was reported to have a son with their long-time housekeeper Mildred Baena in 2011. Shriver divorced that same year. (The divorce is still unresolved ten years later.)

Mildred and her then-husband Rogelio Baena reared Joseph, who was reportedly unaware of the child’s true parentage. Arnold claims that when Joseph was 7 or 8 years old, it became clear that he was the father because the boy resembled him so closely.

It is unknown whether Joseph ever legally changed his surname to Schwarzenegger. On his birth certificate, he was named Baena.

While Joseph has a close relationship with Arnold, his relationship with his Schwarzenegger half-siblings — Patrick, Katherine, Christina, and Christopher — is more complicated. Despite numerous Schwarzenegger sibling shout-outs, they don’t appear on each other’s social media pages. Jospeh, on the other hand, was once seen working out with Patrick, who is also an actor.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has spent some time with son Joseph Baena’s half-brother Roger Baena on the other side of the family. In October, Arnold, Joseph, and Roger gathered at Arnold’s house to celebrate Joseph’s 24th birthday.

In 2019, Joseph graduated from Pepperdine University and began a career in residential real estate, which he now balances with performing. In addition to the film Lava, in which Joseph goes shirtless during a vacation gone awry with a group of twenty-somethings, he has a role in Chariot, starring John Malkovich and set for release in 2022.

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