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Ryan Phillippe puts kids first with ex

Ryan Phillippe puts kids first with ex

Ryan Phillippe thinks it is important divorced parents don't put themselves first.

The 42-year-old actor has praised ex-wife Reese Witherspoon for being "healthy about how [they] do things" when it comes to the custody of their children Ava, 17, and Deacon, 13, as they are careful about alternating spending holidays with the kids.

He said: "As a divorced dad we trade off, so last year my kids and I went to my parents in Delaware, this year they will be with their mom and I am shooting a movie up in Toronto.

"I am going to fly down to Philly and just have a Thanksgiving with my parents and the kids get to be with Reese.

"You have to get to that point as a divorced parent, as any parent, where you're not putting yourself first. You want the kids' experience to be its own and not like, 'Well, I need to have my time!' We have been very good about that."

When he does have time with the children, the 'Lincoln Lawyer' actor - who also has five-year-old Kailani with ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp - enjoys flying drones with them but admitted his son is far better with the devices than he is.

He told 'Entertainment Tonight': "My son is arguably probably even better at operating and piloting than I am, because that is just the way it is [with] children and technology - they take to it like a fish in water. We over a certain age have to really concentrate."

Meanwhile, Ryan admitted he would be "way into" making another 'Cruel Intentions' movie - the 1999 film in which he co-starred with Reese - even though his character was killed off.

He said: "I am still in touch with Roger [Kumble], the director of 'Cruel Intentions'. I would love to find another piece where I could be that light, comedic, flippant master of the character again.

"I would like to do something like that. I just enjoyed shooting that, every day.

"[I'd] love to find something with the same creative team that had a similar vibe."