The NCIS: Los Angeles star is no stranger to the hunk-title, having been in the industry long enough to have once been considered a “teen-heart throb,” but O’Donnell is now a married man with five children, Lily Anne, 10, Christopher ‘Chip’ Eugene, 9, Charles McHugh, 6, Finley, 4, and Maeve Frances, 2. The actor opened up to the magazine about his family life, and his “rock-solid” marriage of 13-years to Carolina Fentress.
On family life: “I knew when I got into this business I couldn’t have it both ways: I could live the playboy lifestyle, which is not a bad thing to do, or have a traditional family life, which is how I grew up. That was more important to me…When I’m sitting in the backyard at the end of the day with a glass of wine, watching the kids having fun and clowning around, for me, that’s what it’s all about.”
On fame: “The only time it got really crazy was during Batman. Anywhere I went in the world, people knew who I was. I was being offered these huge films that would have taken my career to a different level, and I decided to put on the brakes. I knew if I continued on that track, I probably wouldn’t have gotten married.”
On the secret to a happy marriage: “Our families have the same values and traditions, and I think that goes a long way, because when the excitement and heat of romance wears off, those are the things you fall back on.”