‘Big Sky’ Alum Ryan Phillippe Values Family and Being a Parent

by Madison Miller

Ryan Phillippe may not have lasted even an hour on the popular ABC drama “Big Sky,” but he’s certainly in it for the long run when it comes to family and being a responsible father.

Viewers were ecstatic to learn that Phillippe would have a role in “Big Sky.” The “Cruel Intentions” actor got into a car with Rick Legarski at the end of the first episode. That blind trust led him to get shot in the head and his role in the show was reduced to a series of occasional flashback scenes.

Since “Big Sky” is in his past, Phillippe has opened up about what he’s been up to recently.

Ryan Phillippe and Reese Witherspoon Co-Parenting

His biggest priority is being a father to his two kids. He was married to “Legally Blonde” actress Reese Witherspoon from 1999 to 2008. Both of the stars have since moved on and also have kids from these current relationships.

“Ryan has been an awesome parent … and everything pretty much stops for him when his kids need him. Even during the pandemic when he’s been in literally another country, he’s present in their lives and he is still the ‘cool parent’ in their eyes. … He is really proud of who they’ve become,” a source close to the couple told US Magazine.

The two parents had joint custody over their two kids Ava and Deacon. Both kids are now 18 or older, however.

The positive co-parenting was especially evident when the two got together for Deacon’s 18th birthday recently. Phillippe shared a picture alongside his son and Witherspoon and wrote, “We are lucky to be your mom and dad. … I’d say we did pretty good @reesewitherspoon.”

Co-parenting, or parenting in general, is never easy. Ryan Phillippe has also always had a fairly busy work life as an actor having to travel for different roles.

“You start to be more aware of only having a certain amount of time to do anything [and] you want that time to be spent wisely and around people that you like and enjoy. … You need to modify things according to what your lifestyle and to the other responsibilities and commitments that you have, from a family standpoint,” Phillippe said to US in an interview from September.

‘Big Sky’ Alum New Project

If you wished you got more of Ryan Phillippe on “Big Sky,” now is your chance.

The “I Know What You Did Last Summer” star landed a role alongside Kate Bosworth and Ving Rhames in the upcoming thriller called “The Locksmith.” According to Deadline, the film is being directed by Nicolas Harvard for his feature film debut.

The new movie will follow Miller, a locksmith that just got out of prison. He is trying to weasel his way back into his daughter and ex-girlfriend’s lives. He uses his skills as a locksmith to make a clean start. Things, however, take a heavy turn when he becomes tangled up with a kidnapping.