03/19/2014 04:52 pm ET Updated Mar 19, 2014

You Have Judd Apatow's Divorced Parents To Thank For All Your Favorite Judd Apatow Movies

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Count yourself among the many fans of "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" or "Knocked Up"? Director Judd Apatow says you have his parent's divorce to thank for both -- and just about any other creative endeavor he's ever been involved in.

In a conversation at Loyola Marymount University Monday, the 46-year-old director elaborated on comments he made in a 2012 interview in which he admitted that his parents divorce "was the motivation for everything [he's] done."

"[The divorce] becomes the original pain that forms your personality -- when your parents fight a lot when you're young," he told the audience. "I think it makes you think, 'Oh, I can't trust authority figures because what they're doing doesn't seem to make much sense.'"

He added: "It changes you in a lot of ways when that happens to you when you're really young. [My parents] got divorced and they fought for many years; they fought from eighth grade 'till I was in college. It took them a really long time to get divorced. So it was a lot of years of people that I love not liking each other. I think it changes your whole view of reality because you don't feel safe."

Apatow told the crowd that the uncertainty of his home life ultimately drove him to work harder to make something of himself.

"It made me think, 'I need a job. I've got to make some money. I can't really trust that this situation is going to take care of me,'" he said. "It made me work very hard."

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