Sam Claflin is a new dad — and with that role comes a whole new set of challenges.
“I’m filming so much at the moment, I don’t get the opportunity to spend as much time with him as I’d like to,” The Hunger Games: Mockingjay star, who welcomed his first child with wife Laura Haddock in December, told PEOPLE Now, confirming the couple are parents to a son.
“So I think after [promo for his newest film Me Before You] finishes — which is just before Father’s Day — I will have a bit of family time,” the British actor, 29, adds.
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“Just with the little man,” Claflin adds simply of how he plans to spend his first Father’s Day. “I don’t know what to expect — I have no expectations. I’ve never had that to look forward to before.”
And as far as how becoming a dad has changed him, fatherhood is nothing like Claflin thought it would be — but of course, the challenges and life-altering aspects are all worth it.
“I always thought, naïvely, that I knew what it would be like. I always thought that I’d understand,” says Claflin, who married British actress Haddock, 30, in 2013. “[But when he was] born, it’s like another level of love that you’ve never experienced before — [that] you can’t describe to someone unless [they’re] in it.
“Of course it’s hard, [but] it’s all worth it,” Claflin continues. “The rewards are just endless. He’s literally the best thing that’s ever happened to me.”
— Jen Juneau