John Travolta Says Dancing with Daughter Ella for Super Bowl Commercial was 'Magical'
People 2hrs ago
John Travolta et al. that are standing in the grass: John and Ella Travolta in Super Bowl ad © Provided by People John and Ella Travolta in Super Bowl ad

John Travolta is reflecting on the "magical" experience of dancing with his daughter earlier this year in an ad that ran during the Super Bowl.

In an interview with Esquire Mexico published earlier this month, the longtime actor shared some background on the sweet Super Bowl ad that he starred in with his 21-year-old daughter Ella.

"It was magical, there's no one else in the world I'd rather dance with than my daughter Ella," Travolta, 67, said of the Scotts Miracle-Gro commercial. The ad spot featured the father-daughter pair dancing the hand jive to Surface's hit "Sunday Best."

John Travolta et al. that are standing in the grass: John and Ella Travolta in Super Bowl ad © Provided by People John and Ella Travolta in Super Bowl ad

"It worked on so many levels! First, as a unique moment of entertainment that people loved seeing. Secondly, it allowed me to introduce my daughter to the world on a huge stage, showing off her talent and beauty," Travolta continued.

John Travolta posing for the camera: Ella and John Travolta © Provided by People Ella and John Travolta

RELATED: John Travolta Dusts Off His Grease Dance Moves with Daughter Ella in Sweet Super Bowl Ad

The Grease star went on to say that the advertisement "also turned into a beautiful tribute to" his late wife and Ella's mother, Kelly Preston. The 57-year-old actress died last July after a private two-year battle with breast cancer.


Gallery: See Kate Winslet's 20-Year-Old Daughter, Who's Taking Over Hollywood (Best Life)

Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories.

"Kelly and I dance a lot. It was really important to us," Travolta explained to Esquire Mexico. "We had 5, 6 million views and then we did a TikTok challenge, asking people to recreate the dance and it went viral. I'm really thankful that the brand asked us to do it together."

RELATED: John Travolta Celebrates 'Most Beautiful' Daughter Ella on Her 21st Birthday: 'Your Dad Adores You!'

Travolta has often spoken about his love for dancing with his family and last August shared a video on Instagram as a tribute to Preston.

"My daughter @ella.travolta and I dancing in memory of momma. One of Kelly's favorite things, dancing with me," the actor wrote in the caption for a video of he and Ella sharing a dance.

Travolta was married to Preston for 29 years and they had three children together: Ella, 10-year-old son Benjamin and son Jett, who died at age 16 in January 2009.

In his interview with Esquire Mexico, Travolta also delved into his long-lasting Hollywood career from starring in the TV shows Emergency and Welcome Back, Kotter to star-making turns in Grease and Pulp Fiction.

"It's fame that trained me for 2020," Travolta told Esquire Mexico. "When you are famous, you live in a kind of plastic bubble, cloistered like an oyster. You can't abandon it if you want to go out on a normal day to explore life. Part me of was already familiar with this kind of life. Fame is what has made me prepare for these rare times that we live in." 

When it comes to his legacy, Travolta said, "The legacy is created by all the people who have loved and helped me over the years. So I leave it to them to form whatever memory they wish to have about me."

"Life is movement and a journey; what you leave behind in people, I guess that's your legacy," he added. "How they interpret my life will be different for each one. And that's okay, because that will be me."

Show More
Latest News
20 must-read health books
The Health section of your local bookstore or online book retailer looks different than it did a couple of decades ago, when titles like Food-Free at Last: How I Learned to Eat Air or The South Beach Diet Supercharged were popular picks. Still today, authors—including would-be physicians, B-list celebs and underqualified fitness experts—dole out “health advice,” trying to convince readers that running themselves ragged with dieting and strenuous exercise will make them thinner, prettier, and happier. In fact, it has had an adverse effect, especially on women. The cruel dieting culture, incessant calorie counting, and little to no representation of health experts from diverse communities, along with the unrealistic standards set by the beauty and fashion industries, have led to eating disorders and severe mental health issues. Today, coupled with wellness, the topics covered in health and well-being books focus more on making healthy choices daily, keeping active, practising self-care, and being mindful of our mental health. Thanks to the body positivity movement, and some notable influencers in this space, we know that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. This is also a time when we are hearing from more underrepresented voices in this space, making health advice and wellness tips more inclusive and relevant for all. Start the new year off with motivation, stories, and advice on how to live a healthier, happier life that works for you. Get moving by adding these 20 must-read health books to your cart.
5 Minutes| Espresso