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Saturday 24 February 2018

Chris O'Donnell: I put family first

Chris O'Donnell has been putting his family first
Chris O'Donnell has been putting his family first

Chris O'Donnell has revealed he turned down top film roles to spend time with his family.

The 39-year-old actor had his big break aged 25 when he played Batman's sidekick Robin in the 1995 film opposite George Clooney, but he told People that when the offers came rolling in, he didn't want to put his career first and risk his relationship with wife Caroline.

Chris admitted: "I was being offered these huge films that would have taken my career to a different level, and I decided to put on the brakes. I knew if I continued on that track, I probably wouldn't have gotten married."

Chris and Caroline have been married for 13 years and have five children -- Lily Anne, 10, Christopher 'Chip' Eugene, nine, Charles McHugh, six, Finley, four, and two-year-old Maeve Frances.

The actor is now starring in TV show NCIS: Los Angeles, but reveals he loves the challenge of fatherhood the most, despite the hard work.

Chris said: "Maeve starts crying at 6.45am and [we] start kicking each other under the sheets: 'Maeve is crying. Get her.' Or you'll do that fake pretend sleep as soon as the other person gets up."

The Circle Of Friends star reveals his big family attracts more attention than he does.

He said "I used to try to be really low-key on airplanes, with my hat pulled down. Now I pre-announce to the people around us, 'I want to apologise in advance'.

"When Chip was three, as soon as we sat down, he said, 'My dad was Robin in the Batman movie.' I was like, 'Oh my God. How are you guys doing?' I give up."

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