Patrick Schwarzenegger is happy to confess that he’s a total mama’s boy.
Schwarzenegger — the son of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger — told Page Six on Tuesday that his family is “extremely close.”
“We have Sunday dinners at [Shriver’s] house every week. My mom, she’s my everything,” he told us at the premiere of HBO’s “The Staircase.”
He added, “I am a mommy’s boy. My dad would say it too.”
As for his father’s kooky menagerie, which includes a donkey named Lulu and a miniature horse, Patrick “loves them.”
“He’s in that like three-quarter life, not crisis, but mode, where he’s like, ‘I’m going to enjoy living at home with my weird animals, donkey and dwarf pony.’ He’s having fun,” he explained.
Patrick stars in “The Staircase,” a dramatization of the Netflix documentary of the same name, that explored the 2001 trial of novelist Michael Peterson who was accused of killing his wife, Kathleen. Peterson vehemently maintained his innocence, claiming his wife had fallen down stairs.
Schwarzenegger has been dating Abby Champion since 2016.ABC via Getty Images
Peterson was convicted in 2003 and served eight years before being granted a new trial after a judge ruled a critical prosecution witness gave misleading testimony. In 2017, Peterson entered an Alford plea to the reduced charge of manslaughter. He was sentenced to time already served and freed.
The USC grad marveled at how much Colin Firth, who plays the accused murderer, sounds so much like the real Michael Peterson.
“The first day that we were on set and he turned into Michael Peterson from Colin, I almost couldn’t speak because it was so mind-blowing how much he embodied him physically, body language, his dialect,” he told us.
Schwarzenegger plays Colin Firth’s son in “The Staircase.”HBO Max
And as for whether he thinks Peterson is guilty or innocent?
“I think guilty,” he said. “But the fun and frustrating part about this series is you could argue with different people about every which way. That’s what makes this true crime so interesting, that there are so many twists and turns.”