'Suncoast' star Woody Harrelson discovered a new kind of love when he became a dad
Woody Harrelson is the definition of a girl dad to his kids: Deni, Zoe and Makani.
Harrelson has been open about how his wife, Laura Louie, and their daughters have changed his life for the better. In a 2018 interview with The Guardian, he talked about how becoming famous after appearing on Cheers caused him to become “less outgoing” and more negative.
“But, luckily, this life and my family — my wife and my daughters — they kind of loved me into a better human being,” Harrelson said.
The Suncoast star has also talked about how his children, in particular, have helped him improve mentally and emotionally by keeping him down to earth.
“My kids have always let me know what an idiot I am,” he said to The New York Times in a 2023 interview. “Let’s just say they don’t pat me on the back unnecessarily. They’ve helped me to be a kinder, gentler soul.”
Harrelson shared with Luftansa magazine that they learned how to strike a balance in their own lives. "They are strong and tough; they see through falseness. At the same time, they are optimistic and open," he said, per HuffPost.
Here’s everything to know about Woody Harrelson’s kids: Zoe, Deni and Makani.
Deni Montana Harrelson, 29
Harrelson’s first child, Deni, was born on March 5, 1994. She doesn’t have public social media profiles and stays out of the spotlight. That said, she has made rare appearances on the red carpet alongside her dad, mom and sisters.
In February 2023, Deni walked the red carpet in New York City with her parents and younger sister Makani for the premiere of his movie Champions. She wore a stylish black-and-white matching two-piece set and a red hat for a pop of color.
In a 2008 interview with Esquire, Harrelson talked about how becoming a father unexpectedly changed him.
“I remember my daughter Deni coming along, and she was so pure and caring of everybody and everything,” he told the magazine. “And somehow, this little being managed to get around all the obstacles – the gun turrets, the walls, the moats, the sentries – that were wrapped around my heart."
The True Detective alum added, "My heart at the time needed her. I think it’s the best thing going, parenthood."
Zoe Giodano Harrelson-Louie, 27
Harrelson’s second daughter, Zoe, was born on Sept. 22, 1996. She also doesn’t share her life on any public social media accounts.
Zoe and her sister Deni were homeschooled for part of their lives. In an interview with InStyle, Harrelson said he hoped they would learn a lot from “hanging” with him and “going places," especially because he was "away from home too much and not getting enough time" with them.
The Zombieland star elaborated to The New York Times that his kids would go wherever he went, but the arrangement eventually ended.
"Then they got into a really good school, and that was the end of traveling everywhere with Daddy," he said. "It was kind of unfair to them and me. But on the other hand, I could have been working less."
As a high school senior in 2015, Zoe gave a TED Talk about the negative impact of cell phones and the importance of taking a break from them.
According to the YouTube video’s description, she has taken after her father artistically. It states that she is “highly passionate and active in the arts,” specifically in theater, drawing, singing and creative writing.
That same year, Zoe starred in U2’s “Song For Someone” music video alongside her dad. In the clip, Harrelson plays a man preparing to be released from jail and his daughter, portrayed by Zoe, picks him up.
Makani Ravello Harrelson, 17
Harrelson and Louie welcomed their youngest child, Makani, on June 3, 2006.
A few days later, the couple announced the birth of their daughter via a joint statement.
“In this crazy patriarchal world we live in, we are doing our part to balance the energy," it read, according to Today. "We are proud to announce the completion of our goddess trilogy with the birth of our third daughter, Makani Ravello.”
As she's grown, Makani has connected with the kids of her dad’s famous friends. In 2013, Harrelson appeared alongside Owen Wilson on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and they briefly talked about their children.
During their conversation, Harrelson shared that Makani and Wilson’s son Ford were “quite good friends.”
“Makani took Ford to show-and-tell at her school,” Wilson said as a cute picture of Makani holding Ford in her classroom was shown to the live audience.
Makani is another daughter interested in the arts and may even follow in her dad’s acting footsteps. In 2016, she appeared with Harrelson in the thriller film LBJ. The following year, she played a character named Deni in the movie Lost in London, which also starred her father.
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