Ryan Phillippe says that the 'kids are great'
Like any other working father, Ryan Phillippe says that he sometimes struggles to balance his professional obligations with the obligation he has to his two children, Ava Elizabeth, 8 ½, and Deacon Reese, 4. At no time was this conflict more apparent than over the weekend, when — after having spent all day Saturday doing press for his new film Stop-Loss — Ryan found himself seriously lacking in energy. So, after making dinner, he did what most parents would do: He threw on a DVD and spent some quality downtime with the kids.
You feel like a bad father. Last night, I got home exhausted … At the end of a press junket, literally you don’t want to talk anymore. And I felt like a mute father. We just ended up in my bed watching Nancy Drew.
No worse for the wear, the "kids are great," said the 33-year-old actor. The subject matter in Stop-Loss — in which he plays a squad leader in Iraq — forced Ryan to imagine some tough scenarios for Ava and Deacon. When asked whether he’d give his blessing should his children choose to pursue careers in the military, Ryan said "I come from a military family and I would support that … But God, I hope it doesn’t ever come to that." He added,
The idea of any harm coming to your children is the most terrible thing you could imagine.