Jamie Bell is in this for the long haul.
The 31-year-old actor opened up to ES Magazine about being abandoned by his father and how it has influenced his parenting. “It’s difficult raising a child,” he said. “It’s really stressful. It requires a lot of you. You have to sacrifice your life and some people don’t want to do that. It’s not particularly noble, but I could see why the easier thing is to leave.”
“The Eagle” actor has one son, 4, with his ex-wife Evan Rachel Wood, but that divorce will never have a bearing on his relationship with his son. “F**k no,” he said about the possibility of abandoning his boy. “You can’t be thinking, I’m doing this because no one ever gave me this experience. The thing is not to love from a place of anger because that is potentially devastating.”
“Without question the thing I’m proudest of achieving is my son. I’m obsessed,” he added. “Every moment I spend with him I fall a little bit more for him. It’s almost kind of painful. That thing when you are falling into something so unconditionally.”
Bell and Wood have maintained a good relationship for the sake of their child. “As kids from divorced parents, we understood very quickly the importance of maintaining a good relationship,” Bell said. “I think that is also a generational thing — we learned from our elders that it’s better if you have to share a space with someone, to be able to look them in the eye.”
The actor also talked about his marriage to “Fantastic Four” co-star Kate Mara. “There was an instant connection, like we’d known one another forever,” he said. “It was obvious very quickly that we were going to get married.”
Moving on from family and relationships, Bell reflected on what life would have been like without “Billy Elliot”: “It’s a terrifying prospect because I don’t know how to do anything else. I would still be in that town maybe.”
Bell next stars alongside Annette Bening in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
The full interview appears in this week’s issue of ES Magazine, Thursday, August 10.