Eva Amurri Martino was just 10 years old when her mother, Susan Sarandon, won an Academy Award for her starring role in the film ‘Dead Man Walking’. Rather than being daunted by her mom’s success, Martino took it as inspiration.
“I think the biggest lesson there was just the permission to want a lot for yourself, career-wise, as a woman. I think that was extremely valuable to me,” she told Yahoo Finance’s Jen Rogers during an interview for the series My Three Cents. “I think (my mother) really unapologetically ... went after what she needed to be fulfilled. So it was nice to just have that example.”
In the years since, Martino has followed in her mother’s footsteps and pursued her own career passions: first in acting and now as a blogger and creator of the lifestyle brand, ‘Happily Eva After.’
“When I met my husband, I made sure that he understood there is never a world in which I am a stay-at-home mom,” she said. “I'm always going to be working. I'm always going to have a career.”
But while Martino may have learned a lot from her mother about the rewards of hard work, she says there were very few lessons about how to handle finances. “I came into the picture when my mom was pretty well established in her career. And at that point, she had a business manager. She had people dealing with a lot of these things that she wasn't doing herself,” she recalled. “I think there wasn't a lot of financial fluency in our home anyway. I think it's just not what's on my parents' radar really. And so we never got an education in it, really at all.”
So, like most people, Martino has learned the basics of money management by doing. “It was something that I really had to be self taught with,” she admitted. “And once you learn as an adult, it's way more overwhelming. So my advice is, learn young and teach your children.”