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Will Ferrell's Three Kids: Everything You Need to Know

by Tasha Mayberry


Will Ferrell is raising one hilarious brood. The comedian and his wife, Viveca Paulin, first crossed paths at an acting class in 1995. They said “I do” in 2000 and welcomed their eldest son, Magnus, in 2004. The couple expanded their family further with the births of their sons Mattias in 2006 and Axel in 2010. When it comes to raising kids, especially sons, Ferrell has plenty of sage—and funny—advice to share with parents. The comedian dished out his fatherly wisdom to back in 2008, explaining, “For me, talk to your children, at least once a week.” He jokingly added, “If you’ve got time, do it two or three times a week, but otherwise, I find the times where I let weeks and weeks go by without talking to my children, that adds up.” Additionally, Ferrell suggests that parents of boys prepare themselves for the noise. “There is usually a high volume in the house,” he told in 2017.

Magnus Paulin Ferrell, 20

Ferrell and Paulin welcomed their first son, Magnus, on March 7, 2004. A few years after his birth, the Saturday Night Live alum explained the meaning behind his firstborn’s name, as well as why the moniker raised some eyebrows. “My wife was born in Sweden and we loved the idea of a Scandinavian name. I’ve gotten a lot of flack: ‘What kind of ego do you have to have to name your child the great one?’ That is not it at all,” he shared. Just like his famous dad, Magnus is quite the jokester. “He’s very subtly funny,” Ferrell said of his oldest child during a 2018 interview with Parade. The Elf star went on to recall a funny stunt Magnus pulled off on picture day at school. “Last year, for his yearbook photo, he borrowed another kid’s glasses. He doesn’t wear glasses. There he is with this very serious look with glasses on,” the proud dad said. Of course, Ferrell had to applaud Magnus’ sense of humor. “Like ‘Magnus, that is so subversive and funny.

Mattias Paulin Ferrell, 17

The couple welcomed their second child together, son Mattias, on Dec. 30, 2006. While appearing on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2007, Ferrell admitted he doesn’t know the English translation of his son’s Swedish moniker. “Mattias means ‘one who eats fire,'” he joked. “No, I don’t know what it means. It’s a very popular name in Sweden.” The name Mattias actually means “gift of God.” In a Q&A conducted by his The House co-star, Amy Poehler, on CBS This Morning, Ferrell revealed that his children seem to have inherited his sense of humor.

Axel Paulin Ferrell, 14

Ferrell and Paulin’s youngest, son Axel, was born on Jan. 23, 2010, in Los Angeles. As Ferrell has said on multiple occasions, one of his greatest joys is embarrassing his children—especially when they’ve been misbehaving. “If they’ve been mouthing off or something, I turn up at dinner wearing just my underpants to warn them,” the actor told BANG Showbiz in 2017, per the Associated Press. “I can only imagine, but I sometimes equate [parenting boys] to what it must be like running a prison,” he joked, adding that he often ends up “barking out orders” to his sons.

Who Is Will Ferrell's Wife? All About Viveca Paulin

Will Ferrell has been with his wife, Viveca Paulin, almost as long as he’s been in the spotlight. The Anchorman star first met Paulin in an acting class and, after taking a short break, the pair eventually tied the knot in 2000. Since then, they have welcomed three children and built a blissful life together. As Ferrell once told ELLE, Paulin was the perfect match for him because of their similar sense of humor. “What I love most about Viv is very simple,” the actor said. “She totally got my sense of humor. I sent her flowers every day for a week with a card, like, ‘You’re the fifth-prettiest woman in the office.’ She loved it. We had a shorthand with each other.” So, who is the woman who captured the comedian’s heart? Here’s everything to know about Will Ferrell’s wife, Viveca Paulin.