Alec Baldwin‘s 16-year-old daughter Ireland says the infamous 2007 voicemail in which her father called her “a rude, thoughtless little pig” was overblown by the media, and didn’t bother her so much, knowing her dad was just blowing off steam.
“The only problem with that voicemail was that people made it out to be a way bigger deal than it was,” the teen tells the NY Post’s Page Six Magazine. “He’s said stuff like that before just because he’s frustrated.
“For me it was like, ‘OK, whatever.’ I called him back and I was like, ‘Sorry Dad, I didn’t have my phone. That was it.’”
In the call, which went viral in the spring of 2007, an enraged Alec, feeling slighted over a missed scheduled phone call, told the then-11-year-old Ireland, “You don’t have the brains or the decency as a human being.
“I don’t give a damn that you’re 12 years old, or 11 years old, or that you’re a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the a** who doesn’t care about what you do as far as I’m concerned! You have humiliated me for the last time with this phone!”
“We joke around and I call her ‘Mom,'” Ireland joked, “but I respect her, it’s not like I’m Parent Trap-ping her, setting up booby traps in her room.”