Liev Schreiber Opens Up About Naomi Watts Split for the First Time: I Hope We’ll Stay Close

Tina Smithers Peckham
Entertainment Tonight

Despite his split from Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber remains close to his ex and is making a concentrated effort to put his children first.

"We're parents together. We'll be together for the rest of our lives, no matter what," the 49-year-old actor said on CBS This Morning on Thursday.

Schreiber also responded to Watts' recent comments about their breakup and change: "Transitions are scary for anybody," the 48-year-old actress shared with The Daily Telegraph Australia. "I feel like change is always scary, but that's only because transition for anyone is new and you wonder how things are going to go."

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"Yeah, of course [change is scary]," Schreiber reiterated to the morning show.

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Though never married, the actor and Watts were together for 11 years and have two sons, 9-year-old Sasha and 7-year-old Sammy. Schreiber maintained that he hopes to remain on good terms with the actress.

"We're very close," he continued. "Hopefully that never changes, and I don't think it will."

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While Schreiber is best known for his role as Los Angeles tough guy Ray Donovan in the Showtime series of the same name, he says he is grateful for his new Broadway role in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which puts him closer to his children in New York.

"I wanted to be close to the kids, and I wanted to pick a job that would put me in New York and keep me in New York," the actor said. "And this was a job that was in the city, and it kept me around the kids."

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