Ireland Baldwin, 16, on Alec Baldwin's 2007 'little pig' voicemail: 'OK, whatever'
Alec Baldwin's 16-year-old daughter Ireland recently spoke out about her father's infamous 2007 voicemail, in which he was heard calling her a "rude, thoughtless little pig," saying that people made it a "bigger deal than it was."
The blonde teenager is the Emmy-winning "30 Rock" actor's only child and lives in California with her mother and his ex-wife, actress Kim Basinger. Baldwin had phoned her in April 2007, when she was 11, and left her the angry voicemail because he was unable to reach her. The audio recording was posted on TMZ (contains bleeped out expletives). It is unclear who leaked it.
"I've always had a really great relationship with my dad," Ireland told The New York Post's Page Six Magazine. "The only problem with that voicemail was that people made it out to be a way bigger deal than it was. He's said stuff like that before just because he's frustrated. For me it was like, 'OK, whatever.' I called him back, I was like, 'Sorry, Dad, I didn't have my phone.' That was it."
Baldwin, who was already involved in a custody battle with Basinger, had lost his visitation rights for almost a year over the incident. After the voicemail first made headlines, Baldwin apologized on the ABC show "The View" and told Playboy magazine that he sought help from "professionals." He penned a book, "A Promise to Ourselves."
Baldwin and his daughter, who has acquired her own fan base of almost 17,000 Twitter followers have since the incident behind them. They even attended the 2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards together. Ireland told Page Six Magazine that she and her father are nowadays able to joke about the voicemail, adding: "We almost did something funny on YouTube, of me calling him and yelling at him," she laughs. "We were just talking about it the other week."
Baldwin married his second wife, Hilaria Thomas, a 28-year-old yoga instructor, on June 30 in New York. Ireland, who attended the wedding, told Page Six Magazine that her stepmother is "like a big sister" to her, adding: "We joke around and I call her 'Mom.'"
She also told the outlet that she and her father have become so close that she has decided to be homeschooled in Los Angeles so she can spend more time with Baldwin and Thomas in New York, where they live.
Baldwin has in recent years also made headlines over Twitter rants, public confrontations with the paparazzi - including a 1996 scuffle with a photographer who tried to capture photos of him and Basinger bringing a newborn Ireland home - and December 2011 incident that saw him getting kicked off a plane for continuing to play Words With Friends on his cell phone when a flight attendant told him to put his it away.
He joked about the latter incident in a Capital One credit card commercial and on NBC's "SNL." Ireland did as well - she posted on her Twitter page in January a photo of Baldwin on a plane, holding a cell phone in front of a man in an airplane aisle, saying: "We're about to get kicked off Virgin Atlantic... Here we go again. @hilariathomas."
"My dad has been going through it for so long, I can see how he gets frustrated," Ireland told Page Six Magazine, regarding the paparazzi attention. "For me, it's all so new and fresh. If acting or modeling takes off, and I make a name for myself, I can see how I might get pretty frustrated."
(Pictured above: Alec Baldwin, left, and his daughter Ireland Baldwin arrive at the 15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2009, in Los Angeles.)