Kieran Culkin Says He Doesn't Like Being Away from His Kids for More Than Two Days at a Time: 'They Change'

Kieran Culkin is opening up about how he's balancing his acting career with raising his two toddlers

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Kieran Culkin prioritizes being a hands-on dad when balancing his busy schedule.

In a sitdown with Taika Waititi for Interview, the Succession actor, 40, talked about his priorities as a dad, beginning by discussing an upcoming project he's filming in Poland.

"I have a 1 1⁄2-year-old and a 3 1⁄2-year-old, and we’re going to be bouncing around Poland. I don’t like being away from them for more than two days at a time, and it’s not practical for me to have them there the whole time," he explains to the filmmaker.

"I’m working on trying to convince my wife [Jazz Charton] to come out for two weeks and bring the kids. It’s just a lot on her," he adds, acknowledging that the family's nanny is unable to travel with them.

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While Culkin tries to balance projects with parenting son Wilder Wolf, 20 months, and daughter Kinsey Sioux, 3½, he admits, "I also think, 'You know what? I’d rather be the at-home dad that’s very attentive than the one that’s always working.'"

The actor goes on to discuss a friend who is sometimes away from his kids for months at a time for his career, saying, "I remember thinking, 'You must have a very disconnected relationship with them.'"

"Then I see him with his kids, and they’re still intensely close. I guess there’s just an understanding that Dad has to go away for long stretches of time. But I saw that and I’m like, 'Oh, okay. There’s still a chance to be a good parent and have a connection with your kids even if you’re busy,' " says Culkin.

"I always saw it as, I need to be home. But then again, my kids are between 1 and 3. I do need to be home because if I go for a week, they change."

Culkin recalls a meeting with Francis Ford Coppola right after becoming a dad, saying, "He goes, 'It's great. With what you do for a living, you can take your kids everywhere. You take them out of school because if you’re going to be shooting in Italy or Australia for a few months, they get that culture.'”

"I think so, too," Culkin continues. "I grew up around that s--- all the time, and I liked it."

"I’m still always seeking advice, because of how hard it is for me to be away from my kids. I’ve started to second-guess what it is I do for a living. It’s the first time I’ve started to go, 'Maybe I’ve chosen the wrong thing.'”

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