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Liev Schreiber: 'Working away from my kids is hard'

Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts have put their children's needs before their own when it comes to their current living arrangement.

Actor Liev Schreiber is really struggling to balance the demands of his career and his family.

The success of his hit TV drama Ray Donovan means the star spends much of his time working in Los Angeles, while his partner Naomi Watts and their two children, sons Sasha, eight, and Samuel, seven, live in New York City.

The 48-year-old tries to make it back to the East Coast as much as possible, but he admits he's finding it harder and harder to be away from his family.

"It's tough, the kids are at that age where you kind of want them to have a continuity with friends and school,” he admitted during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "You have to put them first at a certain point, and the back-and-forth thing can get tough. It’s hard on me most, I think.”

In fact, the Spotlight actor sometimes wonders if his sons miss him at all, as they sometimes seem distracted during their FaceTime sessions with dad.

"I try to FaceTime with them, but they’re just bored,” he joked. “It’s a horrible feeling. I work a 16-hour day and I have, like, 20 minutes to talk to my kids, and they’re just like, ‘Hey Dad'."

However, the star does have one way to bond with his children when he is with them - they love to do 'the Willy Dance' after they've been in the bath.

“They love to dance. We have a..." Liev began. “So my sons and I have a thing that we do where we bathe and then we do the Willy dance... It is a way to dry off because you chafe down there if you don’t get dry."

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