Jim Carrey's daughter is all grown up

Jim Carrey is known for starring in some of the biggest comedy movies of the '90s and for dating some of Hollywood's most popular leading ladies, but what many may not realize is that he's also a proud father of one.

On September 6, 1987, the actor and then-wife Melissa Womer welcomed their baby girl, Jane Erin Carrey, into the world. Although the couple's marriage didn't last (they called it quits on December 11, 1995), their little girl has always been a major part of his life.

From supporting her musical dreams (the proud papa was the first to call her after she auditioned for American Idol) to spoiling her son whose birth he dubbed an "explosion of pure bliss," the funnyman has proven he has a real soft spot for his only child. Here's everything you need to know about Jim Carrey's daughter who is now all grown up.

She was born from love that went sour

Comedian Jim Carrey has had a slew of high-profile relationships with some of Hollywood's biggest names, from Renée Zellweger to Jenny McCarthy, but before he started stepping out with A-listers, he found his first love in a bar.

While doing stand-up at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, a then-unknown Carrey met aspiring actress Melissa Womer, who was working as a waitress at the venue. They tied the knot in 1987 and had one daughter — Carrey's only child — named Jane that same year.

But the marriage wasn't all joy and happiness. Womer was forced to put up with an "extremely depressive person" and "sit up counselling him … until four or five in the morning on many, many nights," according to the Daily Mail. Then, once the comedian finally hit it big with 1994's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, he allegedly "decided he wanted to enjoy success from the perspective of a single man."

The pair divorced in 1995, at which time Carrey had already started dating his Dumb and Dumber co-star, Lauren Holly, whom he married the following year.

Her mom tried to give her a 'prestigious lifestyle'

Growing up, Jane spent most of her time with her mother, only visiting her dad about ten percent of the year, according to The Smoking Gun. While with him, she was spoiled to the point that her mom actually went to court to try to get more money out of her ex to be able to provide her daughter with the "prestigious lifestyle" to which she was getting accustomed.

Back when the pair initially split in 1995, Jane was just seven years old and Jim agreed to pay $10,000 in monthly child support, plus cover various other expenses. Fast forward to when she was 15, and her mom claimed that $10,000 was too little money because her daughter's needs had "increased significantly."

While justifying the need for more cash, she claimed that she herself was simply unable to provide the same "type of home and amenities" as her ex-husband and stated that she'd like to take Jane on "at least one skiing trip per year and get a private skiing instructor to work with her," possibly move into a more lavish residence, get her her own personal trainer, and more. 

She's extremely proud of her heritage

It's one thing to be proud of your heritage — it's another to get an ode to it permanently tattooed on your body. But that's exactly what Jane, who is half Canadian (dad Jim Carrey was born in Newmarket, Ontario) and half American, did.

While attending the premiere of Forgetting Sarah Marshall back in 2008, the aspiring singer showed off some major ink on the red carpet. Covering her left shoulder, the design pays tribute to her mixed roots and features a maple leaf (the same motif that's found on the Canadian flag) outlined in black and colored in with the American flag.

The statement-making piece, which takes up some serious real estate on her arm, isn't her only piece of ink. The mom of one also has flowers adorning her right shoulder blade and three lines of script across her back, which Perez Hilton compared to Angelina Jolie's infamous work.

She auditioned for American Idol

When season 11 of American Idol rolled though San Diego in 2012, judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, and Randy Jackson were treated to one particularly unexpected audition: Jane Carrey's.

"The last name definitely helps and hurts," a 24-year-old Jane told viewers before trying out for the hit reality TV show. "There's this pressure to be better because if I make it somewhere, I run the risk of people saying, 'You only got there because of [your name],'" she declared, adding, "I'm here to make my place in the world."

The aspiring songstress then belted out Bonnie Raitt's "Something to Talk About" and received mixed feedback. Even so, she made it through to Hollywood, as Jackson proclaimed, "I like you. I like the voice. I like the potential."

Following her successful audition, host Ryan Seacrest spoke to Jim over the phone (via Us Weekly). "She's so wonderful and amazing to me," the proud papa gushed. "I can't wait for the world to understand what she has inside of her. This is going to be a fantastic year." Unfortunately, she was instantly sent home on the first night of Hollywood Week.

She came under fire for getting special treatment

Despite her very short-lived stint on American Idol, which lasted all of two performances, Jane came under fire for reportedly receiving special treatment from producers during the audition process.

According to an unnamed source who spoke with Radar Online (via Daily Mail), the celebrity daughter's experience of getting on the show was extremely different than the average contestant's. That's because she allegedly "didn't have to sleep outside and wait for hours hoping to audition like everyone else" and "basically had an appointment and showed up." The source added that "American Idol always says they don't give everyone favours, but this time they did for Jane."

Sadly, her A-list name didn't help her make the cut. As soon as she was done singing Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Looking Out My Back Door," Jane was sent packing. "I freaked out when I was there so I was really really shaky," she said afterwards. "I know I can do way better than that so I'm really disappointed."

She married a metal singer

In November 2009, at the tender age of 22, Jane said, "I do," to Alex Santana, with whom she shared a very special bond: They were both musicians.

Jane, the frontwoman of the Jane Carrey Band, and her beau, the lead singer of Blood Money — a band hailing from Milwaukee, Wis., which describes itself as playing "hardcore and metal-influenced heavy music" — exchanged vows after proud papa Jim walked his little girl down the aisle.

"It was a beautiful day. Simple and sweet. I wish them everything that love has given us," the comedian told People. Taking to Twitter, he shared even more excitement over the big day, telling his followers, "My Jane is a married woman. Days ago her and my new son-in-law Alex got hitched. The day was simply perfect… lots of love there."

The newlyweds were already expecting their first child at the time, and they soon hit another major milestone just a few months later when they became parents in February 2010. Jim was also looking forward to that moment, telling People in July, "I am very excited." He added, "Jane is going to be a great mom."

She was 'afraid' of becoming a mother

On February 26, 2010, Jane and hubby Santana welcomed their first child into the world, a baby boy named Jackson Riley Santana. Born at 12:28 a.m. in Los Angeles, the bundle of joy arrived weighing 7 lbs., 11 oz and clocked in at 20 inches long.

The pregnancy wasn't without stress, however. Speaking with People, the first-time mom revealed she had some reservations when it came to gender. She explained that she had actually wanted a boy and was "excited about it because [she] never really got along with girls growing up." She noted, "I was a little afraid that if it was a girl that she would not like me, you know? So I'm very happy about the boy."

Little Jackson's grandpa couldn't have been happier about the new family addition. Taking to Twitter, Jim introduced his first-ever grandchild to the world with a photo and wrote, "Jackson Riley Santana, My Grandson, Born today! This is what 7lbs.11oz. of California dynomite (sic) looks like!"

Her love story came crashing down

Sadly, Jane's marriage wasn't meant to be. Just 11 months after tying the knot in November 2009, she and Santana called it quits. In October 2010, the new mom made it official and filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences as the main reason for the couple's seemingly sudden split.

Despite wanting to go their separate ways, however, Jane asked the court for shared legal and physical custody of their baby boy. What's more, Jim Carrey's rep, Marleah Leslie, assured People that "the couple will remain friends, as well as devoted parents to their 9-month-old son, Jackson Riley."

Amidst the heartbreak, Jane flocked to her biggest supporter — her dad — hopping on a plane to New York with her son to visit Jim on the set of Mr. Popper's Penguins. Speaking with Access Hollywood at the time, the actor revealed just how much love he has for his family, reminiscing about Jackson's birth and gushing, "When it happened, oh my gosh, it was just like an explosion of pure bliss. He is the coolest dude on earth…" He continued, "I'm the grandfather that wants to improve him and stuff like that. 'Start reading to him right now! While he's playing soccer! He must be a super being!'"