Jason Bateman uses swear words around his two-year-old daughter.

The 45-year-old actor allows himself to curse when he's looking after Maple because she doesn't understand, but he refrains from using bad language when he's with his other daughter Francesca, seven.

He explained to GQ magazine: ''I tend to use as many [swear words] as I can think of. I don't do it around my seven year old, but I do around my two year old, because she doesn't know what the hell I'm saying yet.''

Meanwhile, the 'Arrested Development' star isn't keen for Francesca and Maple, who he shares with his wife Amanda Anka, to follow in his footsteps and take on a career in acting.

He said previously: ''I want to help my kids navigate their careers but I don't want it to be in the entertainment industry. Acting is kind of an odd way to make a living and I hope they'll be drawn to something other than that.''

Jason - who became a high-profile teen actor in the 1980s - believes acting can be a tough industry to crack and he doesn't want his daughters having to deal with the disappointment that comes with it.

He said: ''I want my daughters to be very passionate about what they want to do and to be very unapologetic about wanting success in that field and sometimes in acting they sense you want it too much.''