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Does 'father know best' about money? Celebs weigh in

Betsy Wagner
Senior Producer

What do “This is Us” star Chrissy Metz, “Big Mouth” comedian Nick Kroll, and NBC News host Natalie Morales have in common?

They’ve all learned a lot about money from their fathers — or father figures.

Each week on Yahoo Finance’s My Three Cents host Jen Rogers sits down with celebrities to talk about their history with (and feelings about) money. In honor of Father’s Day, here’s what some of them had to say about what they’ve learned from dear ol’ dad:

Nick Kroll

Nick Kroll with parents Jules and Lynn Kroll

Comedian Nick Kroll (Netflix’s “Big Mouth”) says his parents taught him about money in different ways: “My mom taught me about the micro-version of money and spending of how to balance a checkbook, all that kinda stuff. My father taught me more about larger business. My dad has built a lot of businesses and is really interested in it and knows nothing about the entertainment business but understands the underlying concepts of building a company and managing it and is incredibly helpful.”

Nick’s father, Jules Kroll, is best known for founding the corporate intelligence firm Kroll Inc.

Ellie Kemper

Actress Ellie Kemper, who rose to fame in The Office, Bridesmaids, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Actress Ellie Kemper (“The Office,” “Bridesmaids.” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”) says her banker father never pressured her to go into the family business. “Not for a minute. I don't know whether to be insulted by that,” she said laughing. “He wanted us to be satisfied with the jobs that we had and to be able to support ourselves with the jobs that we had. I feel lucky in that way.”

She says that while her mother and father both taught her to be careful with money, her paternal grandfather encouraged her to treat herself once in a while: “He saw me as extremely thrifty. So he would encourage me to spend money on things that would spark joy.”

Chrissy Metz

NBC This is Us star Chrissy Metz

During her childhood, money was tight for actress Chrissy Metz (NBC’s “This is Us”). She says her stepfather helped teach her the value of hard work: “I mean it pissed me off because I would have so many chores. But it really did instill that work ethic and that, ‘Okay, these things need to get done in order for me to have fun.’ I hated him for it, but I'm glad that he did that.”

Genevieve Gorder

Genevieve Gorder hosts Bravo's home design series Best Room Wins

Design superstar and tv host Genevieve Gorder credits her grandfather, an electrical engineer, with teaching her about money, including investing. “At 97, he's still teaching me about money. Coming from the Depression, and I think this knowing what it's like not to have,” she said. “The value of money, how to keep it, how to make it and math were his great lessons.”

And she says she learned a valuable financial lesson from watching her parents after their marriage ended. “I knew from my parents, my mother and father having been divorced, I never want to rely on anyone for my success and my money. I don't want to have to ask for it, and I don't want to have to wait for it. I want to make it myself.”

Natalie Morales

NBC News' Natalie Morales

Before becoming a broadcast journalist and household name, NBC News’ Natalie Morales worked in the management training program at Chemical Bank, now JPMorgan Chase. But her finance education began even earlier — in childhood, watching her dad pore over the newspaper stock quotes. “He used to have little scraps of paper with his stocks and how they were doing for the day. I guess that was my early-on fascination,” she said.

Morales says her dad is a “stock market geek” who keeps a close eye on his portfolio and trades every day. Not surprising, in a cab on her way to the interview with Jen Rogers, Morales made a trade on her phone.

Like father, like daughter.

My Three Cents is a weekly interview series that explores celebrities’ history with — and relationship to — money. Find it exclusively on Yahoo Finance .

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