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"I didn't know I was going to love being a dad so much," he tells PEOPLE

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Updated October 05, 2015 03:25 PM
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Wes Bentley went through his share of ups and downs in Hollywood, including struggles with drug addiction and unemployment.

But these days, the actor is a new man, and he attributes a lot of that to being a father.

“I didn’t know I was going to love being a dad so much,” Bentley, 37, told PEOPLE at the premiere of his new show American Horror Story: Hotel on Saturday in Los Angeles.

“Now it’s the only thing I want to be. I just want to be a great dad. Everything I’m doing, I’m trying to incorporate being a good dad.”

Bentley, who is married to producer Jacqui Swedberg, is the proud papa of daughter Brooklyn, 15 months, and son Charles, 4½, whom he credits for putting life into perspective.

“Anytime I lose my head or feel stressful, I remember I’m doing this for my kids and think about them,” explains Bentley. “It lightens my heart.”

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The American Beauty star loves to play soccer with his son and have “dance parties” with his daughter, but he admits there is one thing he won’t be doing with his kids any time soon: Watching American Horror Story: Hotel!

“Absolutely not! Not for a long while,” says Bentley, who plays a detective on the show, premiering Wednesday night on FX.

His role, he adds, includes quite a few sex scenes — which can make for some awkward conversations with his wife.

“I’m married, so it’s uncomfortable, of course. Even if I wasn’t, sex scenes are the most awkward thing to shoot,” says Bentley. “It’s tricky. You can laugh about it later, but it’s always uncomfortable for a relationship.”

— Matthew Cole Weiss