Joseph Gordon-Levitt: ‘I’m Just a Protective Dad’ to My Son

09/29/2015 at 09:20 PM ET

Now that he’s been a dad for six weeks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s fatherly instincts are in full swing.

“Being in the public eye is a great thing. It allows me to do what I love to do, which is act in movies, but it’s a choice that I made. I decided to have a career in show business, and so people know my name and know my face. And that has its upsides and honestly, some downsides,” the actor said Tuesday during an appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael.

“My son, he’s just a baby, you know? He hasn’t made the choice to be in the public eye, and that’s a choice that I would like him to be able to make when he’s older, when he can think about these kinds of things and make that decision for himself. And so, for now, I’m just a protective dad, and I want to protect his privacy.”

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Live with Kelly and Michael
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The Walk star, 34, welcomed his first child with his wife, Fellow Robots co-founder and CEO Tasha McCauley, in mid-August. Though the couple won’t be releasing the baby’s name, “the family is all happy and healthy,” a source previously told PEOPLE.

Growing up in the spotlight, the Snowden actor admits he was fortunate enough to have a supportive mother who fostered his interests but didn’t push him unnecessarily.

“And throughout working as a kid, I always just really loved doing it,” Gordon-Levitt, who starred in Angels in the Outfield as a child, said. “But of course there are days when you don’t feel like doing it. And any time I would be like, ‘Ahh, I don’t want to go on this audition today,’ [my mom] would always say, ‘You don’t have to. You can stop this any time you want to.’ ”

He adds, “She was a great stage mother. She encouraged me and supported me because she knew it was something I loved to do, but she never pressured me into doing it and always gave me that decision.”

— Christina Dugan

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Pam on

Love him.

Guest on

I Adore Him❤️

dd on

didn’t know he was married or had a kid

Carmen on

I. Just. Love. Him. He just seems so genuine and down-to-earth. Lucky girl!!!!

What on

Ugh love him so much

Trish on

Amazing actor and I definitely agree, he does seem like such a genuine guy and really down-to-earth.

Aj on

More parents famous or not should be like this. I think it is crazy to have you kids picture all over the internet for everyone to see.

Robin on

Did Celebrity Babies forget what he also starred in as kid? I will always know him from Third Rock from the Sun.

guest on

Love him!! I didn’t even know they were expecting. That is a genuine and authentic person right there. I hate these celebs who announce every little detail of their life on social media then ask for privacy. JGL is a great guy so I’m sure he is an awesome husband and dad!!

Mr. Sunshine on

I understand the need for privacy, but what is the big deal about sharing the name of your child?

Anonymous on

He seems a very nice guy! Congrulatons.

MomOf3kids on

Absolutely LOVE him and think that more families in hollyweird should follow in his foot steps.

Jen DC on

Re: Sharing the kid’s name…

Why does the public need to know that? It’s part of protecting the kid’s privacy. Once that info is out there, there are people who would likely pay for additional information. Plus, it will make the kid easier to find when he begins school or otherwise uses his own name. Without it being attached to JGL from birth, the kid maintains the opportunity for full anonymity, like us.

Momoftwins on

I love him . Congratulations to him and his wife he is already a great dad .

Val on

So happy for him on the new addition.