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Why Kieran Culkin doesn’t enjoy being away from his kids

Although he has a busy schedule, Kieran Culkin says he doesn’t like being away from his kids for more than two days at a time.

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Even though Kieran Culkin is busy with acting projects, the 40-year-old has shared how he makes sure he remains a hands-on dad.

The ‘Succession’ star appeared on ‘Interview’ with Taika Waititi and opened up about what it’s like being a dad to two toddlers while still focusing on his acting career.

“I have a 1 1⁄2-year-old and a 3 1⁄2-year-old, and we’re going to be bouncing around Poland. I don’t like being away from them for more than two days at a time, and it’s not practical for me to have them there the whole time,” said Culkin.

“I’m working on trying to convince my wife (Jazz Charton) to come out for two weeks and bring the kids. It’s just a lot on her.”

Although Culkin tries to balance his work and private life, he admitted: “I also think, ‘You know what? I’d rather be the at-home dad that’s very attentive than the one that’s always working.’”

His relationship is very different than that of one of his friends, who he says is sometimes away from his kids for months at a time, as he added: “I remember thinking, ‘You must have a very disconnected relationship with them.’

“Then I see him with his kids, and they’re still intensely close. I guess there’s just an understanding that Dad has to go away for long stretches of time. But I saw that and I’m like, ‘Oh, okay. There’s still a chance to be a good parent and have a connection with your kids even if you’re busy’.

“I always saw it as, I need to be home. But then again, my kids are between 1 and 3. I do need to be home because if I go for a week, they change.”

Culkin spoke to Francis Ford Coppola

Culkin also explained how, after becoming a father, he spoke with Francis Ford Coppola.

“He goes, ‘It’s great. With what you do for a living, you can take your kids everywhere,” said Culkin. “You take them out of school because if you’re going to be shooting in Italy or Australia for a few months, they get that culture.’”

“I think so, too. I grew up around that s--- all the time, and I liked it.”