Ryan Phillippe Opens Up About How He and Ex Reese Witherspoon Co-Parent During the Holidays

Zach Seemayer
Entertainment Tonight

During the holidays, divorced couples who share kids have a tricky balancing act when it comes to co-parenting. But for Ryan Phillippe and his ex-wife, Reese Witherspoon, it seems the former couple are on the same page.

"As a divorced dad we trade off, so last year my kids and I went to my parents in Delaware, this year they will be with their mom and I am shooting a movie up in Toronto," Phillippe told ET of his Thanksgiving plans at the Innocence Project Benefit gala in New York City on Tuesday. "I am going to fly down to Philly and just have a Thanksgiving with my parents and the kids get to be with Reese."

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Phillippe, who got divorced from Witherspoon in November 2008, shares two children with the Oscar winner -- 17-year-old daughter Ava and 13-year-old son Deacon.

While the two don't double up for Thanksgiving, Phillippe said it's actually better for their kids, and praised his ex for being "healthy about how we do things."

"You have to get to that point as a divorced parent, as any parent, where you're not putting yourself first," he said. "You want the kids' experience to be its own and not like, 'Well, I need to have my time!' We have been very good about that."

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When he does get to spend time with his kids, Phillippe says he's taken to flying drones. The actor and filmmaker -- who recently starred in a short film shot entirely on a remote-operated drone -- marveled at his son's prowess at flying.

"My son is arguably probably even better at operating and piloting than I am, because that is just the way it is [with] children and technology – they take to it like a fish in water. We over a certain age have to really concentrate," Phillippe, 42, joked.

While he won't be spending time with his kids over Thanksgiving, the actor will be shooting a new film and working on some side ventures. However, one project fans have been dying to see for years is a Cruel Intentions reunion or sequel, and Phillippe said he'd be "way into it."

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"I am still in touch with Roger [Kumble], the director of Cruel Intentions. I would love to find another piece where I could be that light, comedic, flippant master of the character again," he explained. "I would like to do something like that. I just enjoyed shooting that, every day."

While Phillippe doesn't seem himself getting involved in a future sequel or TV reboot – and wasn't involved with the Cruel Intentions pilot that was recently in development at NBC -- he said he'd "love to find something with the same creative team that had a similar vibe."

Currently, the actor is starring in the TV reboot of the 2007 action thriller Shooter, airing Tuesdays at 10 p.m. PT on USA.

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