Hugh Grant often burst into tears when he was away from his children to film The Undoing

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Hugh Grant joked that he took on his role in The Undoing because he wanted “to get away from [his] exhausting the children ”.

The actor, 60, spoke candidly about fatherhood in an appearance due to air Friday on the Graham Norton Show, as he joked by walking away from them caused him to “stir up emotion. For the first time in his career.

Explaining why he originally wanted to take on the role of Jonathan Fraser, he began, “I did this work in part to get away from my young children as they are exhausting at my age.

“I did The Undoing in part to get away from my exhausting young children”: Hugh Grant, 60, spoke about fatherhood on Friday’s Graham Norton Show

“I thought it would be great to take a break, but every time I got to New York I missed them so much that I was messy, so every scene was suddenly a sign of tears for me. I would even go to a cafe and ask for a cup of coffee and tears would flow!

Explaining how he was often overwhelmed with emotion when away from his little ones, Hugh continued: “Having had a career unable to elicit a single emotion, I find that in my old age I cannot stop them.

“It’s something to do with kids or love, or my wife, or something, but I can’t hold it off.

Hugh and his wife Anna Eberstein’s first child, John, was born in 2012. They have since had a second child in December 2015 and a third in March 2018.

Family: Hugh and wife Anna Eberstein's first child, John, was born in 2012 and has since had a second child in December 2015 and a third in March 2018 (pictured in February)

Family: Hugh and wife Anna Eberstein’s first child, John, was born in 2012 and has since had a second child in December 2015 and a third in March 2018 (pictured in February)

The couple have not disclosed the gender or names of their youngest children.

In addition to his three children with Anna, Hugh also shares two children with ex Tinglan Hong: his daughter, Tabitha, nine, and his son Felix, seven.

The actor went into lockdown with three of his five children amid the coronavirus crisis, which he had at the start of the pandemic.

“I understood it and I was very brave and manly about it! I got it back at first – actually, I didn’t know what it was, ”he told presenter Graham.

Wrestling: Hugh joked that being away from his children made him 'feel emotions' for the first time in his career because they 'missed them so much' [he] was a mess'

Wrestling: Hugh joked that being away from his children made him ‘feel emotional’ for the first time in his career because they ‘missed them so much [he] was a mess’

“It sounded like a mild flu, then a rather alarming complete loss of smell, which resulted in me sticking my head in trash cans sniffing, thinking, ‘There must be something here’ and spraying me on my face with my wife’s Chanel # 5, but didn’t smell a thing.

His visiting colleague Nigella Lawson asked if his condition had dissuaded him from eating at the time, but said he had “never been interested” in food.

It was a bit boring but then I was cooking because it was closed and it was never going to be delicious, ”he joked. “I cooked every night for four months and it was a baked potato. That was it!’

The Undoing, which is based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz, follows Grace (Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Grant), who live the only life they ever wanted for themselves.

But their peaceful world crumbles with a violent death and a chain of terrible revelations.

Left behind in the wake of a growing disaster and very public and horrified at how she ignored her own advice, Grace must dismantle a life and create another for her child and family.

The Graham Norton Show, BBC One, Friday November 20 at 10:45 p.m. As well available on BBC iPlayer.

Murder, mystery: The Undoing, based on the novel You Should Have Known, follows Grace (Nicole Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Grant), who find themselves embroiled in a mysterious murder plot

Murder, mystery: The Undoing, based on the novel You Should Have Known, follows Grace (Nicole Kidman) and Jonathan Fraser (Grant), who find themselves embroiled in a mysterious murder plot

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