After Joseph Baena graduated college, his father stopped giving him money.
The son is the son of the actor and his former maid. Baena found out that he was the son of the Hollywood icon when he found out from his grandmother in 2011.
His father was an actor and he aspires to be one as well. After his financial support from the actor ended, he works in real estate to help pay his bills.
“I’m really grateful that my dad helped me get through college,” Baena said on the Unwaxed Podcast. “But right when college was done, it was just like, ‘You go. You’re on your own.’ I was like, ‘Oh, s**t’,” he added.
Congratulations Joseph! Four years of hard work studying business at Pepperdine and today is your big day! You have earned all of the celebration and I’m so proud of you. I love you! pic.twitter.com/aRuJzGzAWi
— Arnold (@Schwarzenegger) April 27, 2019
Baena said that his job at the Los Angeles firm allows him to support himself after he finishes his studies.
“I needed a job, and I was not getting any of the acting roles that I thought I was going to get,” he said. “I was like, ‘I need to do something’, so I started interning at this real estate company.”
He was hoping to earn a steady paycheck while he was at the company. He got his license after discovering a passion for working in real estate.
Baena’s license allows him to legally sell, broker, or rent real estate to prospective tenants and buyers. He celebrated selling his first home and shared a photo of himself outside on his social media.
Beana still dreams of becoming a Hollywood star like his Austrian-American actor and of starring in big films.
“I just love having a goal and then going for it,” he said. “With acting, I know that my goal is to be a reputable actor and win some awards.”
In the March issue of Men’s Health magazine, the real estate agent explained how the news of his A-list father began to spread in high school.
“I remember the day very vividly,” he said. “I was in the eighth grade. Fifth or sixth period. And I get called out of class to leave. And my mom’s there, and she’s like, ‘We gotta go – everyone is finding out about you and who your father is.'”
Beana said that his family’s house was swarmed by news trucks and photographers. He said he was 13 years old. “Your body’s transforming; your mind is transforming. And now my life transformed before my eyes.”
In an interview with Inside Edition, Beana explained that he wouldn’t take the former California governor’s name.
“Well I already have a last name, and I don’t have a problem with my last name,” he disclosed. “I like my last name.”