He has been happily married to wife Emilie Livingston, 36, since 2015 and they raise two sons together.
And Jeff Goldblum spoke candidly about his marriage, and admitted he had ‘never been particularly passionate’ about fatherhood before having Charlie Ocean, four, and River Joe, two, in an interview with Radio Times on Monday.
Of becoming a dad, the actor, 67, explained: ‘I never thought that I was going to do it. I had never been particularly passionate [about fatherhood] or envisioned it for myself – I don’t have any nieces or nephews, had never seen a birth before.
Candid: Jeff Goldblum, 67, ‘never thought’ he would have children before meeting wife Emilie Livingston, 36, as he wasn’t ‘passionate’ about fatherhood, he revealed on Monday
‘In the couple of lovely previous marriages I had, there was some fantasy talk about it, but never any serious business. And I always thought it was a good thing that I didn’t have any drama with kids and breaking up.’
Of how he and the Canadian Olympic gymnast came to a decision about having children, he added: ‘We thought about it for a year, talked about it with my therapist, went in together, and after a year of that, I said, “Yeah, this sounds kinda good, let’s get married and have kids.”‘
The Jurassic Park star also went on to say that he hoped, and felt, they would ‘be together now’ for the rest of their lives.
Happy family: Jeff shares Charlie Ocean, four, and River Joe, two, with Emilie, but despite two marriages he admits he ‘never envisioned [fatherhood] for myself’ in the past
Discussing how he raises his two sons, Jeff said his The Grand Budapest Hotel co-star Tilda Swinton advised him to show his little ones silent films by Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, while he also intends to read them PG Wodehouse’s books when they’re ‘old enough’.
The American actor wed Canadian dancer Emilie in 2015, which was his third time walking down the aisle after previously tying the knot with actresses Patricia Gaul and Geena Davis.
Emilie has previously admitted it was ‘scary’ when she first laid bare her desire to settle down with the star.
In a sweet tribute to her husband, the athlete wrote on Instagram: ‘Loved and appreciated! @jeffgoldblum always makes me feel loved- from the first day we met!
Gaining an interest: Of how they came to have kids, he explained that a year of meetings with his therapist he thought: ‘Yeah, this sounds kinda good, let’s get married and have kids’
For more: Read the full interview in Radio Times, out now
‘At first I wondered if this feeling could be true because I hadn’t experienced such innocent, passionate, tender, honest love before so quickly. Some people like to play games and play hard to get.’
She continued: ‘But we were just honest and aware from day one and took our relationship day by day until I had to express my feelings of wanting a family with HIM and to share the rest of my life with his beautiful soul!
‘That was a scary day, opening myself up completely, knowing he might not want kids or to marry again.
‘And we just kept talking about it together and with our therapist until we decided that it was the right thing to do!’
Read the full interview in Radio Times, which is out now.
Third time’s the charm: The American actor wed Emilie in 2015, after previously tying the knot with actresses Patricia Gaul and Geena Davis