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Imagine starting your dream in the Big Apple with just $150 a month for rent. That’s exactly what Kevin Bacon, now 65, did when he moved to New York City in 1976.

“I remember thinking $150 was enough,” Bacon shared with a laugh on The Kelly Clarkson Show. “I found this ad in the Village Voice, promising a home for ‘artists, actors, musicians.’ I thought, ‘This is it, my kind of place!'”

The Pennsylvania-born actor reminisced about his initial days in the city, starting out on his sister’s couch for four months. “I landed in what was essentially a flophouse. It was supposed to be an artists’ haven, but well, let’s just say it was ‘unique.'”

His housing situation soon led to an unexpected long-term roommate. “I was aiming for a single room, but ended up with a roommate I met at the rental office,” Bacon recounted. “We ended up living together for four years. We’re still friends – had lunch just the other day.”

His roommate, a classical pianist working nights at the Copacabana, added a musical charm to their home. “Hearing him play was really something special,” Bacon reminisced.

Kevin Bacon Reflects on Humble Beginnings
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Kelly Clarkson, relating to Bacon’s story, shared her own experiences of starting out. “Everyone in showbiz has these wild living stories,” she said. “It’s all about chasing that dream.”

“You need that hunger for your dream,” Bacon agreed, nodding.

Recently, Bacon opened up to us about his love for cooking at home with his wife, Kyra Sedgwick. “We take turns in the kitchen. Cooking and eating together has always been our thing,” he shared.

Their culinary passion has been inherited by their children, Sosie, 31, and Travis, 34. “We never gave formal cooking lessons. They just picked it up naturally and now, they make amazing dishes,” Bacon proudly stated.

For Bacon, cooking is more than just a hobby; it’s about taking control of his health. “I can’t always rely on takeouts or restaurants. I like knowing what goes into my food,” he told us.