"There was my airbrushed visage in some kind of pose," Matt Bomer tells PEOPLE of the Magic Mike posters he had to explain to his three kids

By Jen Juneau
June 08, 2017 02:00 PM
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The Magic Mike movies wouldn’t be the same without Matt Bomer. But the actor says there are three people whom — while they “don’t seem terribly interested” in the franchise — he has had to give some context to: his sons.

“They see marketing — I had a lot of explaining to do when the Magic Mike posters were out and there was my airbrushed visage in some kind of pose,” the 39-year-old star of Amazon’s upcoming drama series The Last Tycoon tells PEOPLE Now of twins Henry and Walker, 8½, and oldest son Kit, 11.

“The twins were quite young at the time. It was really viral marketing and it was in our neighborhood, which was great,” he says, adding with a laugh, “I just had to figure out a creative way to explain to them what was going on.”

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Bomer says that he and husband Simon Halls aren’t necessarily steering their sons away from a future in Hollywood — and that one of the boys “definitely likes to entertain” already.

“[He’s] very socially confident and has that vibe,” the actor explains. “I would encourage them to do it at school, in safe environments where they can really explore the material in a way that’s not just for public consumption.”

He continues, “And then maybe when they’re 18, if that’s a choice they wanna make, they can make that choice.”

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Bomer’s parenting technique is a leaf the father of three is taking from his own upbringing’s book. “I was cold-calling agents when I was, like, 9 years old, and I was like, ‘Mom, I need this thing called a headshot.’ ”

“And she was like, ‘What are you talking [about]? Go outside and play,’ ” he recalls. “And I’m so glad she did that because Lord knows where I’d be if I’d been a 10-year-old actor.”

The Last Tycoon, also starring Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins, makes its series premiere July 28 on Amazon.com. You can watch the pilot episode for free now.