Ryan Phillippe is very proud of his two kids Ava, 11, and Deacon, 7. The actor recently told Britain’s OK! magazine that he and ex-wife Reese Witherspoon try to keep their children grounded and loves that they are passionate about philanthropy.
He says, “I grew up pretty humbly and my parents struggled to pay the bills. The life my children are living is completely different so I try to pass onto them that notion of how fortunate they are.”
He added, “But one of the most rewarding things is when they come up with something themselves – my son the other day wanted to donate his piggy bank, which was a couple of hundred dollars in coins, and my daughter had an assignment to do her version of the I Have A Dream speech (by Martin Luther King, Jr.).
She wrote this incredibly eloquent, well thought out speech about clean water for Africa and she gave it in front of the whole school. Reese and I showed up and we both had tears coming down. You realize that regardless of the fact that you live in the public eye or that the marriage didn’t work out, these kids are happy and good people.”
Meanwhile, Ryan has been going through an eventful month. He’s reportedly waiting to take a paternity test to see if he is the father of ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp’s unborn baby. He also has a new girlfriend, Amanda Seyfriend, whom he spent time with on Saturday while Reese was getting married.