These days, alone time isn’t something James Van Der Beek is used to.
“The other day, I had a morning to myself in the house and I didn’t know what to do with myself,” the actor, 36, told PEOPLE on Saturday at the Environmental Media Awards in L.A. “I had about 45 minutes before I had to go to work and there was nobody in the house. I had no idea what to do!”
And as Van Der Beek points out, sacrificing me-time isn’t the only thing that comes along with being a dad.
“I think fatherhood changes you from the inside out,” the former Dawson’s Creek star said. “It’s not this thing where you think, ‘Oh, I have to be responsible, I have to take more on.’ You just want to, almost automatically.”