Redbook: Chris O’Donnell “America’s Hottest Celebrity Dad” 2010

Where were we when Chris O’Donnell was having FIVE children?!

A teen heartthrob no more, these days the Hollywood hunk stars opposite LL Cool J on CBS’ breakout hit NCIS: Los Angeles. And did we mention that he’s also been knighted Redbook Magazine’s “Hottest Celebrity Dad 2010?”

Eh — David Beckham still gets our vote, but congrats to Chris all the same.

Accepting his title with pride, Chris appears with his brood on a Matt Jones-snapped flip cover of Redbook’s June issue, on newsstands May 25.

“He’s the fun one in the family. He’s also a lot less strict than I am: he’ll bring home a package of Ho-Hos and try to show me the ‘vitamin category’ on the back. I’ll say, ‘There are no vitamins in that.’ And he’ll say, ‘Yes, there are—look!'” says Chris’ wife, Caroline.

Chris On Family Life: “I knew when I got into this business I couldn’t have it both ways: I could live the playboy lifestyle, which is not a bad thing to do, or have a traditional family life, which is how I grew up. That was more important to me…When I’m sitting in the backyard at the end of the day with a glass of wine, watching the kids having fun and clowning around, for me, that’s what it’s all about.”

Chris On Fame: “The only time it got really crazy was during Batman. Anywhere I went in the world, people knew who I was. I was being offered these huge films that would have taken my career to a different level, and I decided to put on the brakes. I knew if I continued on that track, I probably wouldn’t have gotten married.”

On The Secret To A Successful Marriage: “Our families have the same values and traditions, and I think that goes a long way, because when the excitement and heat of romance wears off, those are the things you fall back on.”

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