When he tied the knot with Working Girl star in 1996, he became a stepdad to Dakota Johnson and Alexander Bauer.
While Spanish actor Antonio Banderas may be well known for his portrayal of Zorro, the exceptionally talented actor has also gone on to display his acting skills in a number of other projects. In 2020, he bagged an Oscar nomination for Pain & Glory. But the Desparado actor is not a stranger to the Oscars ceremony as he has appeared at the event several times and has often walked the red carpet with his former wife Melanie Griffith. When he tied the knot with Working Girl star in 1996, he became a stepdad to Dakota Johnson and Alexander Bauer.
Unfortunately, the marriage ended in divorce in 2015. Despite their union having ended years ago, the loving bond that the 60-year-old Hollywood star shared with his stepkids remained the same. In the due course of his marriage with the 63-year-old actress, Banderas made numerous memories with his stepchildren and one of them dates back to 2000 when he asked Johnson to be his date to the Oscars, per In Style. Johnson, who was just 10 at the time, was seen accompanying The Legend of Zorro actor and her mother to the red carpet.
Today, even after all these years, a grown-up Johnson still sees Banderas as a father figure. After all, he was around most of her teenage years and it is only natural that she feels that way about him. "She’s my daughter, I love her. I’ve been with her on my shoulders, traveling all around the world," Banderas told Us Weekly while expressing his boundless love for Johnson. It was Johnson who presented him with an award for his performance in Pain and Glory at the Hollywood Film Awards on November 3, 2019.
Her speech during this ceremony even moved the 60-year-old to tears. "He loved my mother, and my siblings and I so big, and so fiercely and so loud, that it would change all of our lives together," she expressed, according to E! News. She even referred to him as a "bonus dad" and a "bright light." The actors revealed that he had no idea that Johnson was going to share such loving words about him at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "It was all a surprise," he told E! News. "Totally. I mean, I knew that she was going to give the speech, but I had no idea whatsoever how she was going to just do her speech, she didn't tell me anything."
The speech proved that she loved and valued him as much as he did. "I thought and felt that all of those years," Banderas admitted. "But I knew that it was a confirmation that all of those years that Melanie and I spent together, they were years that was not only just about Melanie and me, but they were also about the family. They were worth it all," he added. He went on to explain that he will always consider Johnson as his family. "And she put that on value that night and it was very emotional for me because that's life," he shared. "And that's one of the reasons actually why Melanie, we can look at each other‘s faces today."
Banderas also had a hand in shaping her acting career, reports TheThings. Johnson's first movie role was in her father's directorial debut. She had a minor part in the film and Banderas' daughter Stella too appeared in a small role. Meanwhile, Griffith starred as the lead in the movie Crazy in Alabama. The devoted father has always encouraged his daughter's acting talents, but like most dads he too wanted her to first finish school before beginning her acting career. Although he respects her professional choices, Banderas refused to watch Fifty Shades Of Grey which is understandable because he's a father after all. That being said, he made sure that his daughter was with him the day he got his Hollywood Walk of Fame star.
While speaking at the 31st Palm Springs International Film Festival, Banderas revealed he had plans to see her again. "We will go for dinner. I'm going to see probably her tomorrow in Los Angeles, and we are pretty good friends," he continued. "And it's because of the way we understood our relationship and the relationship that we have with the people that love us and that were surrounding us, especially our kids. And I think Dakota took that expressing in a very beautiful way because she was, and she is and she will be very important to me."