Celebrity Parents Ryan Phillippe talks about his family By Staff Author Published on October 26, 2006 09:09 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Actor Ryan Phillippe, 32, spoke to Interview magazine about his marriage and kids. He said he never gets used to working away from wife Reese Witherspoon, 30, and their children Ava, 7, and Deacon, 3: "That’s a difficulty that I don’t know if I will ever totally come to terms with. But I think I commit sometimes even further to a role because it leaves me less time to think about those things that make me feel sad, like not being around my children. If I can’t see my kids, and I’m in another time zone, I really have to live and eat and breathe the work around the clock, because that keeps me sane." Even though the couple have remained a happy family portrait, he admits: "There are obstacles in every family. … It’s never going to be perfect – you just try to do the best you can and to create a life that is positive and full for them." He also said that daughter Ava is his biggest critic: "Ava just turned 7 and just started first grade. I’ve been down in Austin making this movie (an untitled film about Iraq directed by Kimberly Peirce), so I had the whole conversation with her where I’m getting guilted. She’s like, ‘You’ve missed my first day of school two years in a row.’ She gives me a harder time than Reese, by far." Source: People.com Thanks to CBB reader Christine.