When you think of Colin Farrell, it’s easy to just see him as a hot Irish actor, and former bad boy, with an extensive dating history (that includes Britney Spears, Demi Moore and Jamie Dornan‘s now-wife, Amelia Warner). But in case you didn’t know, Farrell also happens to be the father to two boys: 13-year-old James Padraig, with ex Kim Bordenave, and seven-year-old Henry Tadeusz, with ex Alicja Bachleda-Curuś.
While promoting his latest film, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Farrell and co-star Nicole Kidman were asked to share their proudest parenting moments and Colin spoke up first.
“When James took his first steps a couple weeks short of his fourth birthday, it was pretty amazing and humbling to see,” Farrell recalled to People. James has a rare genetic disorder called Angelman syndrome, which causes motor and developmental disabilities and is often misdiagnosed as autism or cerebral palsy.
“People talk about the children taking the first step, it’s obviously a monumental moment and it’s been represented in film,” Farrell said. “But to be told your child may never take the first step, and then see those first steps, is just kind of a different sport all together.”
Colin ended his heartwarming story by turning to Nicole and saying, “Beat that.” Ha. Ever the pro, Kidman didn’t miss a beat and said that she and husband Keith Urban aren’t allowed to talk about their daughters, so she was able to zip it, all while keeping the spotlight on Colin and his eldest.
Colin speaks about his son often, which helps give AS the attention it deserves. So many families have children with special needs and it’s amazing to hear their stories and their pride, whether they’re parents at the schoolyard or celebrities providing insight on their own lives. More, please.