Jerry Seinfeld prides himself on being a good father. As he once told Vogue, his family is the center of his world. “If it wasn’t for [his wife] Jess and the kids, I’d really blow my brains out,” he somewhat cryptically confessed. “Jessica saved my life. She gave me something to care about.”
Despite their controversial start (Via Good Houskeeping, Jerry met Jessica Sklar at a Reebok gym in August 1998 shortly after her first marriage, which she quickly dissolved to get engaged to the comedy legend the following year), the couple has proven to be unshakeable. In 2000, they welcomed their first child — daughter Sascha — followed by sons Julian Kal and Shepherd Kellen in 2003 and 2005, respectively.
Despite having celebrity parents, the Seinfeld siblings have managed to keep a pretty low profile over the years. Sascha, for example, keeps her Instagram private and appears to be living a rather normal life. But how “normal” can things really be when you’re the daughter of a TV legend? Here’s the untold truth of Jerry Seinfeld’s eldest daughter.
Sascha Seinfeld's Bat Mitzvah was a big deal
Sascha Seinfeld officially became a young woman on November 7, 2013 when she turned 13. First, Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld’s eldest daughter celebrated her birthday with family, enjoying a candle-covered cake and plenty of (non-alcoholic) cider. Showing off her sense of humor, Sascha even posed for a photo in which she can be seen drinking straight from the bottle. “Gettin’ faded, pre-Bat Mitzvah,” wrote Jessica in the funny snap’s caption.
The celebration went next-level during said Bat Mitzvah, which took place less than two weeks after Sascha’s actual birthday. As E! News proclaimed, the bash was “the place to be.” In addition to the entire Seinfeld clan, the family’s famous friends were also on-hand to celebrate Sascha’s coming of age, including Kelly Ripa, Andy Cohen, and George Stephanopoulos.
Proud mama Jessica documented the party on social media, sharing plenty of photos, including one of her hubby posing with Cohen, Stephanopoulos, and their son, Shepherd Seinfeld. “Shepherd and the Get Fresh Crew,” Jessica joked in the caption. In another shot, Jessica showed off Kelly Ripa’s son, Michael Consuelos, napping on a couch alongside Shepherd. It seems the lead-up to the event was just as impressive, as Sascha got to hang with none other than Katy Perry. “Oh yeah…that’s Katy Perry alright…” teased Jessica on Instagram.
Who is the man in Sascha Seinfeld's life?
Sascha Seinfeld was only 17 when her dad, Jerry Seinfeld, first confirmed that she was in a serious relationship. Lucky for her, her parents were totally on-board. As her mom, Jessica Seinfeld, told Us Weekly in October 2018, “We love him so much.” Jerry, of course, joked, “Yeah. It’s a shame he’s gonna have to go.”
Jerry was asked about Jack again in June 2019 by People, and the outlet said he made it clear that he’s never had plans to “intimidate” Sascha’s boyfriend. “We’ve known the young man, it’s a relationship so it’s nice,” said Jerry of Sascha going to prom with her boyfriend. As Jessica echoed their approval — “He’s the best” — the funnyman elaborated, “I really was determined not to be those dads. I hated those dads when I was a kid dating and you would go to a girl’s house and the father would be so mean and I don’t want to be that guy,” he explained. “You feel those feelings. You feel possessive and protective but I refuse to be one of those disapproving dads.”
The young couple did indeed go to prom together and were all smiles for the occasion. While Sascha looked all grown up in a blue Alice and Olivia dress with a thigh-high split, her boyfriend looked dapper in his suit. “Prom night for Couple of the Year, Sascha and Jack,” Jessica gushed.
Sascha Seinfeld graduated from one of the country's swankiest schools
Sascha Seinfeld is one smart cookie! In June 2019, she graduated from one of the most prestigious schools in the country: Chapin. The swanky all-girls high school is located on New York’s Upper East Side and, as stated on its website, strives “to prepare a diverse and talented community of young women to thrive and lead in a global society through a dedication to academic excellence, personal integrity and community responsibility.”
According to Niche, Chapin is ranked the No. 5 best all-girls high school in America. That’s because its students have an average SAT score of 1400 and alumnae have gone on to attend some of the best universities in the country, from Cornell to Brown. Those kinds of accolades don’t come cheap, however. Tuition for the school’s highest grade is a whopping $43,000 per year.
When it came time for graduation, Sascha looked beautiful in a white strapless dress with a big bow on the front. Jessica proudly showed off her daughter’s achievement on Instagram, writing, “ConGraduations to all class of 2019er’s, but specifically to our firstborn, Sascha Betty Seinfeld. We are so proud to be your parents.” As the Daily Mail documented, the entire graduating class wore white, and Jessica also made sure to say “thank you to our co-parents, from nursery school until graduation. We love you @digirl226 and @pmcproducer [Peter McCann]” whose daughter Wylie also graduated that day.
Jerry Seinfeld once compared his daughter to an alligator
Following Sascha Seinfeld’s graduation from Chapin, it was time for Jerry and Jessica Seinifeld’s eldest daughter to leave the nest. The 19-year-old decided to leave New York behind in order to continue her studies at Duke University in Durham, N.C. While the decision made her parents both proud and sad, it also got her compared to… a giant reptile.
Jerry spoke about Sascha’s big move on an episode of Amy Schumer’s Amy Schumer Presents: 3 Girls, 1 Keith podcast and, after admitting he was “a total puddle”, he explained why it was the right time for Sascha to move on. “I say it’s kind of like if you found a little baby alligator and you put it in your tub, and you would think, ‘Oh, look at his little bitey teeth, they’re so cute,'” he quipped. “And then some time goes by, and you go, ‘You know, I think we gotta get this thing the hell out of here. This thing needs to go be murdering and eating other living things!'”
Mom Jessica had a somewhat sweeter message to share with her teenage daughter. Taking to Instagram, she wrote, “New chapter begins for Sascha. Off to college! So many warm wishes and goo[d]bye’s sent our way from friends and family this morning before we left. Thank you! We feel tremendous gratitude for each and all.”
Jerry Seinfeld did not like his daughter keeping up with the Kardashians
Jerry Seinfeld takes pride in being a chill dad who keeps his temper in check, but there is one thing that will set him off, which Sascha Seinfeld had to learn first-hand. Speaking with Mr Porter, Jerry admitted that he “never” loses his cool around his offspring, except when a certain reality TV family is involved.
“The one time I really, really got upset was when my daughter was watching the Kardashians on her phone in her bed and I could not take that scene,” he recalled. Explaining why he got so upset with Sascha, he slammed, “For someone who for their whole life, television was the Olympics of being a comedian. It was only for the very best. You had to have everything. You had to go through all the different hierarchies of your career to get to television. I’m offended by reality television on many levels and that show of course is the premier example of reality television. These people are not doing anything interesting. I lost my temper with that one.” It’s probably safe to say Sascha thought twice before turning on KUWTK again.
Sascha is not a superfan of the show that bears her name
Seinfeld may be considered a “cultural phenomenon” by many, but if there’s one person who doesn’t see what all the fuss is all about, it’s Sascha Seinfeld. Jerry Seinfeld has been asked about his kids’ thoughts on the iconic show on multiple occasions and his answers might surprise you. For example, during a 2013 audience Q&A on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, the comedian admitted that although Sascha and her brothers had seen Seinfeld, they didn’t exactly give it raving reviews.
“My kids watch the show. I stopped and I asked them one time, I said, ‘Why are you watching this?’ Because it must be a weird experience for them to see dad,” he reasoned. “So I asked my daughter, ‘Why are you watching this? Are you watching it, because it’s so bizarre to see your dad on a TV show, or because you like the show?’ She thought about it and she went, ‘I don’t know.'”
The topic came up again in October 2016 when Jerry revealed that he was still unsure about Sascha’s true feelings in regards to Seinfeld. “[My daughter] used to watch — I haven’t seen her watch lately,” he told E! News, adding, “I can’t tell because she’s under the covers with the phone. So I don’t really know what they’re watching.” Not exactly the level of fandom we’d expect!
Sascha Seinfeld was given 'privacy' and the chance to 'struggle'
Given her parents’ high profile, you might think that Sascha Seinfeld was raised under a watchful eye, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, as Jerry Seinfeld told Mr Porter, Sascha and her brothers might have grown up with more freedom than most kids. “I’m not that involved in their school stuff,” the comedian said of his parenting style. “I’m not involved in their social stuff. I am just always around them and I’m very good at drawing them out, you know?”
Explaining that his goal has always been to “give them just a little bit of the privacy that I had as a child,” he elaborated, “My parents had no idea what I was up to, ever. I think that’s good. They should have their own life that I don’t know anything about.” What he has done is keep Sascha and her siblings far away from the three “poison Ps”. As he explained to Parade, those are too much praise — “We tell our kids, ‘Great job!’ too much” — too much pleasure, and not enough problem-solving. As he sees it, when it comes to kids, it’s good to “let them struggle — it’s a gift.”
Sascha Seinfeld inspired her parents' charity work
Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld are known for their impressive charity work and it all started thanks to Sascha Seinfeld. Soon after Sascha was born in 2000, Jessica, who became a quasi-celebrity in her own right after marrying Jerry, received more gifts than she could possibly need. Feeling a need to give back — “I really wanted to use those items for families who couldn’t afford them,” she told Nordstrom — she began searching for an organization to donate the items to. Coming up short, she said to herself, “‘I’ll do a weekend-long drive, collect a ton of stuff and give it away and that will be it, and then I’ll go on to be the mother of a newborn child myself.'” The rest is history.
That drive turned into Baby Buggy in 2001, which eventually rebranded as GOOD+ Foundation in 2016. The non-profit “works to dismantle multi-generational poverty by pairing tangible goods with innovative services for low-income fathers, mothers and caregivers.” In other words, they offer essentials, like diapers and strollers, to parents in need. But it’s not a simple handout. Instead, it’s an incentive for parents to sign up for various life-changing programs, ranging from job training to anger management. Not surprisingly, Sascha regularly attends GOOD+ Foundation events. After all, it’s thanks to her arrival that her parents have helped millions of families in need.