Katherine Schwarzenegger out from Arnold's shadow

Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:14pm EDT
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By Zorianna Kit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Katherine Schwarzenegger is not your average 21 year-old college student. She is the first-born child of ex-California Governor and Hollywood movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife Maria Shriver.

But in her own right, Katherine is an author, and she raises money for charities including her uncle Anthony Shriver's group, Best Buddies, a volunteer program to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Recently, Schwarzenegger teamed with luxury goods company Montblanc to promote a partnership in which Montblanc will donate to Best Buddies 11 percent of the money it earns from 11 stores over an 11-day period in March. She spoke with Reuters about it, her book, and what life is like now that her famous dad is back home after his term as governor.

Q: Both your parents have accomplished a lot in life. What traits do you think you inherited from them?

A: "They're both so similar in their working minds. I think my dad is the kind of person who, no matter how much criticism he gets, keeps trucking right through and does exactly what he sets his mind to. So the ability to follow your dreams and your heart, I probably got from him. But I also got that from my grandma (Eunice Kennedy Shriver). When she was starting Special Olympics, people thought she was insane for doing it."

Q: Your dad was a Hollywood star and governor. What was the difference in the two, for you?

A: "It's definitely different going to visit your dad at work on a movie set and visiting him in the state Capitol. I was in 7th or 8th grade when he ran for governor. The biggest change for me was having California Highway Patrol officers follow us everywhere, which was a huge thing to get used to for me and my siblings (laughs)...I also think being a politician's child brings more pressure to be on your best behavior than being an actor's child."

Q: Has life returned to what it was, pre-governor?   Continued...