There is something incredibly lovable about a man in touch with his emotions, and even more than that, a man who is willing to have an honest conversation about fatherhood and the changes it has had on his life. There are many fathers in the world who are doing a fantastic job and are learning from their children each day, and who are continually striving to be not just better men, but also better dads.
But there are also a few celebrity dads who are worth fawning over. Some celebrity fathers have opened up about what it means to be a dad, and although there are a few who never knew they wanted children (although it has now changed their lives for the better), others such as Matthew McConaughey, always envisioned having kids.
There are more than a handful of dedicated and doting celebrity dads who don’t mind sharing their feelings with the rest of the world and have spoken about moments which have been frustrating for them, and others that have been rewarding, but the similarities between all of these men is how much they value fatherhood. Below are 20 A-listers whose role is first and foremost as a father, and second as a big Hollywood star.
20 David Beckham Spends As Much Quality Time With His Kids As He Can
Victoria and David Beckham are one of Hollywood’s IT couples, and despite both enjoying tremendous success, the thing that seems to be most important to them is their family. The couple has four children; three boys and one girl, and for David, spending time with his children is his top priority. According to Men’s Health, he said,
“I knew that spending as much quality time with my kids as I could, especially when they were young, was the most important thing in the world.”
He also touched on this topic with GQ and explained that when he has to leave his children he feels “physically ill” because he enjoys being around them so much.
19 The Rock Views Fatherhood As The Greatest Job He Will Ever Have
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is another celebrity who is well-liked, and over the years he has had some really great acting roles. But of all the roles and titles he has ever had, there is one that's particularly meaningful to him; being a father.
He is a father to three daughters, and in an episode of Oprah’s Master Class (via People), he said, “I realized being a father is the greatest job I have ever had and the greatest job I will ever have. I always wanted to be a great dad. I always wanted to give Simone [his eldest] things that I felt I never got.”
18 Chris Pratt Says Nothing He Will Ever Do Will Compare To Fatherhood
Chris Pratt just has one child, a son named Jack, who he shares with his former wife, Anna Faris. Pratt views himself as a strict parent and feels it's important to get respect and “make your kids toe the line and all that stuff,” but he also told Live With Kelly and Ryan he is a loving dad and will shower his son with hugs and kisses.
Fatherhood is a role Pratt is very proud of, and he spoke about this at the March of Dimes Celebration of Babies Hollywood Luncheon, in 2013 (via Us Weekly). He said, "I've gotten to jump out of helicopters and do daring stunts and play baseball in a professional stadium, but none of them mean anything compared to being somebody's daddy."
17 Chris Hemsworth Would Rather Be With His Kids Than Anything Else
Chris Hemsworth married Spanish actress Elsa Pataky in 2010, and together the pair has three children. He is perhaps best known for playing the character Thor in the Marvel movies, and although he has had a successful arc as an actor, he previously told GQ Australia he has wondered if being a married man with children has affected his career.
Hemsworth revealed his decisions may have been influenced by his family because he would rather be with his kids. He admitted, “There's definitely a couple of films I could've put way more energy into but I was like, 'No, I'd rather be with my kids.’"
16 Kevin Hart's Family Is His Everything -- They Also Win At Dress-Ups
If Kevin Hart’s family’s Halloween costume for 2018 was not enough to convince us that he is a) a really fun dad, and b) a hands-on one, then perhaps his comment on how having children has changed his life will convince us that he’s a relatable dad.
According to Fatherly, Hart had this to say on the topic of his children changing his life: “I know I’m getting older now because of my kids. I’m starting to fuss a lot. The older you get, that’s what you do.”
He then spoke about how having more than one child can make you wake up angry because there are so many different things happening.
15 Fatherhood Made John Legend Even Closer To His Wife
John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are one of the most relatable couples in Hollywood, and the pair share two children, their first a daughter named Luna, and then a son named Miles. Both of them have made multiple quotes about what motherhood and fatherhood mean to them, but perhaps one of the most memorable quotes John Legend made was to Us Weekly (via Romper) when he spoke about how parenting had made he and Teigen "more of a team.”
"When you have a joint project like this, raising kids together, I think for us, it's brought us closer together,"
14 Neil Patrick Harris Loves Watching, And Learning, From His Children
Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka are the proud parents of twins, and he appears to embrace the role of fatherhood -- his Instagram is filled with adorable family photos, too.
Harris’ favorite thing about being a parent has been to watch how his children interact with each other and learn how to handle new things. According to Parade, he said, “I love watching them learn to understand language. And watching them interact with each other is fantastic. We’re lucky that we have two because they always have a playmate and they get to learn complicated concepts like sharing and cooperation.
They get to learn those things a little earlier because they’re with each other all the time. Watching their minds tick is fun.”
13 Ryan Gosling Is A Great Dad Because He Knows His Children Deserve That
Ryan Gosling became the perfect man pretty much from the moment he appeared in The Notebook, and not that anyone needed another reason to be a fan, but he is also a dedicated and doting dad. Gosling and his partner Eva Mendes share two daughters, and the actor spoke about how fatherhood made him become a better man in an interview with GQ magazine. He said,
"When you meet your kids you realize that they deserve great parents. And then you have your marching orders and you have to try and become the person that they deserve."
He also discussed how his life has changed since becoming a father and how he’s pleased it did.
12 Jay Z Feels Grateful Everyday Because He Has Healthy Kids
Another power couple is Beyoncé and Jay Z, and the couple has three children; their firstborn, a daughter named Blue Ivy, and then twins Rumi and Sir.
Jay Z is a doting dad and he spoke with David Letterman for his Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman, about his family, proceeding to tell a sweet story about Blue Ivy and the lessons she has taught already. “I told her to get in the car the other day because she was asking a thousand questions and we had to leave for school,” he recalled.
“We’re driving and then, I hear a little voice [say], ‘Dad, I didn’t like when you told me to get in the car, the way you told me,’ — she’s six — ‘It hurt my feelings.’”
11 Channing Tatum's Role As A Dad Changed His Perspectives
Channing Tatum is a well-known actor and he has taken on some very romantic roles, which only make him more endearing to us. But of all the roles that Tatum has had, it’s being a father to his daughter, Everly, that really matters the most to him. He spoke about this with People, saying, “Having a family and a little girl, it really makes things super clear.”
He was referring to being pickier when it comes to his roles, because he knows they will take him away from his daughter, and he always questions, “Is this worth taking time away?”
10 Hugh Jackman Is A Devoted Dad Who Feels This Journey Is Magical
Hugh Jackman and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness have been married since 1996, and the couple has two children, a son, Oscar Maximilian, and a daughter, Ava Eliot, and like many other amazing celebrity dads, he has also gushed about his family in the media.
One of the standout quotes Jackman has made is about how fatherhood is “[amazing], tiring, magical… the most challenging role I’ve ever had.” According to Daily Telegraph, he also revealed that having children has taught him to have patience, and that “kids have a way of pushing your buttons more than anyone else.”
It's a statement many parents can agree with.
9 Ricky Martin's Job Is To Be A Father First And Foremost
Ricky Martin is the father of twin sons, Matteo and Valentino, who he is raising with husband Jwan Yosef. He spoke about his life now that he has children during an interview with Ocean Drive magazine (via Hola!) and discussed just how seriously he takes his new role as a dad.
“First and foremost, I am a father,” Martin admitted.
He continued, “My role as a father is one that I’m obsessed with. Every decision I make in my career or in my personal life is based on the well-being of my kids.”
8 Ryan Reynolds Is Wrapped Around His Daughters' Finger
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have two daughters, and the actor couldn’t be happier to be a father to two little girls. In fact, he always wanted a daughter, and he confessed this during an interview with People, saying, “I never admitted it out loud, to myself or my wife, but I really wanted a little girl. It’s the best.”
Reynolds also told the publication that he would do absolutely anything for his little girl [James, his first born] and she has him wrapped around her finger.
He explained, “I don’t have to prepare to be wrapped around my daughter’s finger. I have been wrapped around her little finger since the day she plopped out into this world.”
7 Seal Is A Hands-On Dad, But Some Moments Of Parenthood Are Difficult
Fatherhood has changed Seal’s life in many ways, and he admitted to People that sometimes even the most simple things about being a parent can cause frustration, for example, when his children won’t brush their teeth.
He says he has a “better chance of becoming the next President [...] than achieving that on a regular basis!"
Seal is a father to four children, two boys, and two girls, and he strives to be a dedicated father because, as he explained to People, "You don’t get a second chance [to be a dad]. There’s no rehearsal. And it’s your most important gig."
6 So Much Has Changed In Jude Law's Life Since He Became A Dad
Jude Law is another celebrity dad worth fawning over, and his comments on how much being a dad means to him are enough to melt enough the coldest heart. According to Huffington Post, he has spoken about making every day count, saying, “Being a daddy is what counts. I used to sleep until noon, but it’s not so bad to have to get up at 7 and give them breakfast.”
He has five children, from three different women, and he previously spoke to Page Six about his large brood, saying, "Looking back, I can't believe I'm still working and maintaining my position. But I'm a happy man these days. Four children, another on the way."
5 Adam Levine Is Obsessed With Being A Dad And Having A Family
There was a time when Adam Levine was one of the world’s most eligible bachelors but his wife Behati Prinsloo stole his heart, and the pair is now married (since 2014) with two children. The couple is extremely happy with their little family, and according to the comments Levine made to Ryan Seacrest (via Romper) it seems there may be more kids on the way in the future.
“I want to have 100 kids,” Levine said, adding, “I want to have more kids than is socially responsible. We can't do it right now, but it's in the works.”
4 Having A Daughter Has Taught Will Smith A Lot About Life
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have a different approach to parenting, but whether you agree with their techniques or not, there is no denying that Smith is a doting dad. He is a father to three children, but Willow Smith is his only daughter, and he believes he has learned a lot from her, especially after she made the decision to shave her hair when she was aged 11.
It was his daughter’s decision that made him realize he needed to change the way he was parenting, because the approach his father had for him, was not going to work for his own children, New York Daily News reports.
3 Adam Brody Thinks It's A Real Treat To Go Hiking With His Daughter
Adam Brody and Leighton Meester have been married since 2014, and they mostly like to live a private life away from the prying eyes of the media. The couple has one child, a daughter named Arlo, and her daddy’s comments have made it clear that she is the apple of his eye.
Brody loves spending quality time with his daughter and told People one of his favorite things to do is spend time outdoors. He said, “I do a nice morning hike with my daughter, that’s always a treat. It’s something to do in the wee hours of the morning when she’s up. It’s a good activity for both of us. We hike around our house...watching the sunrise with a kid is pretty fun. I have her in the [Baby] Björn.”
2 Matthew McConaughey Always Wanted To Be A Father
Matthew McConaughey has been married to his wife, Camila Alves, since 2012, and together the couple has three children. And children are something that McConaughey had always envisioned in his life.
He spoke about fatherhood, and how he has always wanted to be a father, in an interview with GQ, explaining to the publication that he was never afraid to have children because “[Fatherhood] is the one thing I’ve always wanted to be…”
He also discussed his children, and the feelings that came with being a dad, saying, “Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn.”
1 Denzel Washington Feels It's Important To Care For Your Children And Make Them Good People
Denzel Washington has multiple awards and has had a long and successful career, but not many people realize he is a family man, and in terms of Hollywood relationships his has really lasted for an eternity. Washington has been married to his wife, Pauletta Washington, since 1983, and together they share four children.
Washington is proud of his children, and he revealed as much in a touching statement he made to The Guardian. He told the publication, "My children are good people. They are not perfect but they are generous and humble and kind. My wife did that."