Dennis Quaid’s baby boy, Thomas Boone Quaid, is just up from his afternoon nap. His wide-open blue eyes flash a look that says, “Play with me.” His dad cheerfully obliges, hoisting his infant son above his head in the sun-streaked living room of their manse in Pacific Palisades, just off busy Sunset Boulevard.
Quaid, 54, is enjoying a rare moment away from a film set. He’s a veteran of more than 50 movies -- highlights include The Big Easy, Breaking Away, Great Balls of Fire!, the recent Vantage Point, and an upcoming role as a football coach in The Express, the true story of the first black Heisman Trophy winner, releasing Oct. 3, 2008. He is, at this moment at least, clearly off duty, enjoying his real-life role as doting dad.
Nearby, on the sofa, T. Boone’s twin sister, Zoe Grace, sits on her mother’s lap, her eyes as summer-sky blue as her brother’s. Kimberly Quaid, 36, a slender cool-blond with kind eyes, proudly reports that Zoe’s a girly girl, even at 8 months old. Five dogs -- two labs, two pugs, one French bulldog -- banned from the living room, hang close by, panting and trespassing as often as possible.
The contrast between this happy, lazy Monday afternoon in late June and the frightening, sleepless weeks the Quaids endured after the babies were born in November 2007 is like day and night.