Ethan Hawke admits his career can be a "strain" on his wife.

Ethan Hawke

Ethan Hawke

Hawke feels "very lucky" that spouse Ryan - the mother of his daughters Clementine, six, and Indiana, three - is so supportive of his work but he knows the fact he is frequently away from home isn't easy on her.

He said: "I'm very lucky in that I have a beautiful wife who is not just a wonderful woman in my life but who is also a very good mother and she's willing to give me the freedom to keep working even though sometimes it's a strain on her."

The 44-year-old star - who also has kids Maya, 15, and Levon, 12, with ex-wife Uma Thurman - thinks he is becoming a better father as he gets older and hopes he lives up to his own expectations as a parent.

He added to Sorted magazine: "I love being at home with my children more than I ever have.

"I think you learn from experience not just how to be a better father but to be a more compassionate and interesting and caring man that feeds into every aspect of your life.

"I just hope I'm able to be as involved and inspiring a father as I can be and the one I would like to be."

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