Ryan Phillippe, proud parent to Ava, 11, and Deacon, 7, with ex Reese Witherspoon, is clearly enamored with the role of dad. When the actor was asked what he loves most about being a father at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of The Bang Bang Club, he beamed. “Everything! Everything! I can’t pick one thing!” he told In Touch.

In the film, Ryan, 36, portrays a real-life combat photographer who covered the unrest in post-apartheid South Africa in the early ’90s. At home, his life is much simpler, as he balances the pressures of fame to create a good life for his kids. “It’s pretty easy,” Ryan said. “I don’t work all the time, so months go by when I’m at home with the kids full time. It’s not that much of a challenge.”

It’s been an eventful year for the handsome actor. Reese recently wed Hollywood agent Jim Toth, and Ryan is rumored to have moved on with girlfriend Amanda Seyfried, 25. But controversy struck again when ex-girlfriend Alexis Knapp revealed she was pregnant with Ryan’s child in March. Until the baby is born in June, Ryan is reportedly waiting for a paternity test to confirm that he is indeed the father. But The Bang Bang Club’s director, Steven Silver, is fully convinced that Ryan will handle all of his challenges with strength and dignity. “Ryan is tough as hell,” Steven told In Touch. “He’s had a lot of stuff thrown at him, and he just handles it.”

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