The Truth About Adam Sandler's Daughters

Adam Sandler is a household name — and has been for decades now. If you didn't know him from his years on "Saturday Night Live" in the '90s, then you've definitely loved him as Drew Barrymore's love interest in "50 First Dates" or as Howard Ratner in the more serious "Uncut Gems" — which proved once and for all that Sandler is far from just a funnyman.

But Sandler's persona is not all about his impressive résumé, his sense of humor that never misses and his hard-earned reputation for dressing in exclusively baggy clothes (so iconic that Vogue published an entire feature about his... unconventional street style). Importantly, the actor is also a loving husband to wife Jackie and father to daughters Sadie and Sunny, born in 2006 and 2008 respectively. Don't feel bad if you were today years old when you found out that Adam Sandler has kids — he tries to keep the two girls out of the limelight to an extent, although definitely not in every way. Keep reading to find out what we mean by that, and all the other details you need to know about Sadie and Sunny Sandler.

Sadie and Sunny Sandler totally transformed their dad's life

So, Adam Sandler never had a reputation for being a huge party guy in Hollywood, but the arrival of his two beloved daughters still changed things up pretty dramatically for him. After he and his wife Jackie welcomed Sadie and Sunny Sandler, their social life took a definite hit as they adapted to life with young children. "My kids give me the most joy, but there are life adjustments," Sandler told HuffPost in 2014, before explaining that he started eating dinner and going to bed really early.

The actor described his new schedule this way: "Last night, my wife and I were falling asleep at 8 and we said, 'No, we're not giving into this sleep. Maybe we should go see a movie after the kids fall asleep.'" Well, spoiler alert: No movie was seen, and not much sleep was had either. "Welcome to parenthood," Sandler quipped. 

But of course, having kids is not all bad for the father of two — not even close. Speaking to Access Hollywood in 2006 about the arrival of Sadie, he gushed, "I had a chemical reaction in my body, where I loved the kid so much, and I was so nervous for her, and that's when I lost my mind for the kid." Aw!

The girls get into tons of fights

Sadie is two years older than Sunny Sandler, and like with most siblings, it's not always all sunshine and rainbows between the two girls in their family home. When Ellen DeGeneres asked their dad Adam if his daughters get along, he answered, "They love each other." Barely taking a breath, he added, "They do fight."

Explaining how it all goes down and why he thinks the fighting happens, Adam continued, "I think Sadie is at school all day with kids her age, and, you know, has the give and take of being cool and also not being cool, like other kids are better at certain things and she's better at other things and, you know, she has that all day long, like emotional ups and downs."

So in the spirit of oneupmanship, Sadie has her radical methods for shaking off that emotional rollercoaster. Adam told DeGeneres, "when she comes home she's like, 'I'm gonna be better ... than Sunny,' you know, it makes her feel good, so she'll, uh, she'll beat her up." The talk show host then spoke for all of us, we think, when she exclaimed, "Oh! I didn't know it was going in that direction." We didn't either. But despite the violence, the two young Sandlers seem to like each other well enough, and often hang out together with their parents.

Sadie and Sunny Sandler couldn't be bribed with In-N-Out burgers as kids

Adam Sandler is a super devoted dad, as evidenced by his regular showing up for lunch at his kids' school back when they were in elementary, and catering it, too. "The best thing about my kids' school is you can show up any day you want and have lunch with your kids," the actor told HuffPost back when Sadie was eight and Sunny was five years old. "But you better show up with an In-N-Out burger," he then warned.

But said Californian fast-food favorite came with strings attached, and Adam thought that providing his offspring with animal sauce would be his get-out-of-jail-free card when he needed to get the little ones to listen to him. No such luck. "Same night, the kids won't want to go to bed. My best parental technique is to look shocked and say, 'Go to bed. Don't you remember the In-N-Out Burger!'" Nope, they have conveniently forgotten, obviously.

If burgers didn't get the girls to go to sleep, it at least seems like frozen yogurt can be instrumental in getting Sadie to do her homework, as evidenced by photos published by the Daily Mail in 2013. You win some, you lose some.

Adam Sandler got slimed at the Kids' Choice Awards because of Sunny

If there is one thing that Nickelodeon is more famous for than, say, launching Ariana Grande's career, it has to be ruthlessly sliming game-show contestants and celebrities on camera. So, when Adam Sandler was invited to present a Kids' Choice Award, the privilege came with a side (or, let's be real, a five-course meal) of neon green goo. "They asked me if I wanted to get slimed," he said on "The Ellen Show" in 2019. "I said 'no' because I've done it before and it really, it takes over your whole weekend. Once you get slimed, you gotta clean it off, it just doesn't come out easy. It's all over, inside parts of your body, you gotta do crazy stuff."

But unfortunately for Adam, he wasn't going to be let off that easy. Telling his daughter Sunny about his refusal to get slimed, the little girl exclaimed, "You said no?!" Not being able to handle upsetting his youngest, the actor backtracked and agreed to the sliming after all. "So I changed my mind real quick just to make her happy," he told DeGeneres. He then went on to recount the truly terrible experience it was, and how he couldn't understand where the substance was coming from. "They hit me hard in the face, and I swear to God, I was blind. I was blind up there for like, 10 minutes, you know?" What people wouldn't do for their kids, eh?

Sadie Sandler's bat mitzvah was a huge occasion

When Sadie Sandler came of age according to Jewish tradition, she got to celebrate her bat mitzvah. And as you'd expect, it was a party to remember. The most memorable feature? Adam Levine and Maroon 5 guitarist James Valentine performed a set — so, not your average bat mitzvah, then. "This might have not been something I would've had the time to do had I not just, literally just left 'The Voice,' so I had all this free time, and so he texted me, and like, 's***, like why not? This sounds great! Me and my wife will come, it'll be awesome,'" Levine explained on "The Howard Stern Show."

And then there was the guest list. Valentine described how Adam Sandler was very welcoming towards him during the event, and tried to get him to mingle with some of the more famous attendees: "He was so cool. He was so nice to me, you do those things, a lot of times people y'know are just talking to Adam and sort of ignoring me. He introduced me to like Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Nealon, it was awesome," he told Stern. Conan O'Brien was also invited, and he sounds like he had a pretty great time, too. "It was really fun, because I got to see Chris Rock, David Spade wearing yarmulkes," he said on his own show, "Conan." So Adam Sandler isn't just good at acting, then; he's also a fantastic host. We'll be waiting patiently for our invite.

Sadie and Sunny Sandler are both seasoned actors

When you have a famous parent, breaking into Hollywood just comes with the territory — just ask Kate Hudson or Angelina Jolie. As daughters to a comedy star, Sadie and Sunny Sandler have been able to work on tons of movies with their dad Adam already, so if their faces look familiar, that's probably why. As of 2022, Sadie Sandler has 19 acting credits to her name on her IMDb page, while her younger sister Sadie has 17 on hers. Both girls have appeared in "Just Go With It," "Jack and Jill" and "The Wrong Missy," among other great titles.

The Sandler kids also both appeared in "Hubie Halloween," released in 2020, although they grumbled a bit about that one. "Drew, you would think the kids would be very excited ... to be in a movie," their dad said on "The Drew Barrymore Show." "By around, I'd say if they're in a movie and they get to set at 8, I'd say around 9:20 I'm hearing, 'How much more? Please let me leave.' You know, they make it look like I'm forcing them to do it — meanwhile, they were asking me the whole d*mn year, 'can I be in your next movie, Daddy?'"

The girls are huge Swifties

Adam Sandler's daughters Sadie and Sunny are massive Taylor Swift fans, but then again, who isn't? At the Rock4EB charity event in 2019, the girls got to perform one of the singer's most recent songs at the time on stage with their dad, which is not only super cute but also made for a really good performance. Journalist Chris Gardner posted videos from the show on Twitter, writing, "@AdamSandler handling guitar duties while his daughters Sunny & Sadie sing [Taylor Swift's] 'Lover' in front of Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, etc. They're major Swifties, and so good too." For good measure, Sadie and Sunny replaced the words "Christmas lights" with "Hanukkah lights," and the word "seat" with "matzo ball soup."

This wasn't the only time Adam Sandler's offspring took after him, though. Also in 2019, his youngest daughter Sunny got to perform the song "A Million Dreams" from "The Greatest Showman" during one of her dad's comedy shows in New Jersey to an excited crowd. That evening, she left the audience with the wise words, "Go Yankees!" (via People).

They're not big on watching their dad's movies

It's not that Sadie and Sunny Sandler aren't the biggest fans of their dad's work, but let's just say they definitely like Taylor Swift's music more. Truth hurts, but thankfully Adam Sandler isn't one to get easily offended. Appearing on "The Ellen Show," the actor explained what typically happens when his kids watch one of his movies for the first time.

The talk show host assumed that the actor's kids wouldn't be allowed to watch any of his films because they are "R-rated," but he reassured her that some of them aren't too bad. "I'll put 'em on, because they beg to see 'em, they're like, 'Please, it's not fair, let me watch your movies, those people always yell things at you on the street, I don't know what the heck they're talkin' about,'" he told DeGeneres. So, doting dad that he is, the actor presses play on some of his more kid-friendly flicks, only for the reception to be less than enthusiastic. "Every time, I'd say about 20 minutes in, and then I see them tuning out, and then I hear them, they're nervous to say it, they're like, 'Can we watch something else?'" We're sure it's not personal.

Adam Sandler worries about his daughters becoming 'spoiled'

Raising kids in Hollywood isn't easy — or at least we can imagine it isn't. You have to make decisions about how often to bring them to public-facing events, how much of their lives you share on social media, and, importantly, how to navigate their uniquely privileged upbringing. Adam Sandler, for one, is keenly aware of these pressures when it comes to daughters Sadie and Sunny.

"The idea of my kids being spoiled, I go to sleep thinking about it and I wake up thinking about it," he once told The Toronto Sun (via Parade). "I try to do the right thing, but with the amount of money I have, it's difficult to raise the children the way I was raised." He does however have a (tongue in cheek, obviously) method for avoiding spoiling his children. "But, I took away the West and North wing of the house from those guys. They're not allowed in there, and so far I think that's working." Sounds... effective?

Sadie and Sunny Sandler are already millionaires

Sadie and Sunny Sandler don't just hail from a rich family, they're also pretty well off in their own right, as it turns out. At time of writing, the oldest, Sadie, is worth an estimated $1.5 million, according to All Famous Birthday. Sadie's sister Sunny is also said to be worth about $1.5 million, per All Famous Birthday.

Unlike for most kids their age, the money the two girls have is not made up of pocket money, lemonade stand proceedings or after-school shifts at local stores. Instead the sisters earned their whopping net worths by guest-starring in a number of their dad Adam Sandler's movies over the years. So Sadie and Sunny technically do have a part-time job like many teens do, but theirs involves memorizing lines and hanging out with movie stars, as opposed to serving fro-yo or scanning groceries. To each their own!