Noah Wyle says his 9-year-old son Owen was supportive of him getting arrested at a protest in Washington D.C. last month. The actor and around 100 ADAPT members were cuffed while voicing their opinions on preventing Medicaid cuts.
The Falling Skies star explained to People, “I did talk to my son after I got released early the next morning. I called him before school, and I explained what happened and that I was okay. (I) kind of explained it in as simple terms as possible, and I thought I was going on a little bit too long and I may have lost him, but as soon as I stopped talking, he just jumped in and said, ‘I think you did the right thing, Dad.’ ”
The 40-year-old actor shared, “It brought tears to my eyes then, and it does now thinking about it. It was great.”
He did warn Owen, his 6-year-old daughter Auden and his ex-wife Tracy that he might get in trouble with the police.
Wyle said, “It’s a pretty complex issue to try to explain to a 6- and a 9-year-old. You think about stupid things. ‘I’ve got to bring my driver’s license, but I don’t want to bring my wallet. I want to bring 100 dollars, but I don’t want to bring too much extra cash,’ little things like that. ‘Don’t carry your pocket knife today.’ ”
Adds the former ER star, “We should have brought food!”