During an appearance on Live! with Kelly and Michael on Tuesday, the super-private JGL opened up about his decision to protect his little one:
"Being in the public eye is a great thing. It allows me to do what I love to do, which is act in movies, but it's a choice that I made. I decided to have a career in show business, and so people know my name and know my face. And that has its upsides and honestly, some downsides."
The Walk actor — who has yet to release the baby's name — has the kiddo's best interest at heart:
"My son, he's just a baby, you know? He hasn't made the choice to be in the public eye, and that's a choice that I would like him to be able to make when he's older, when he can think about these kinds of things and make that decision for himself. And so, for now, I'm just a protective dad, and I want to protect his privacy."
See his full response (below)!
The Snowden star recalled never being pushed by his mother as a child actor growing up in the public eye:
"And throughout working as a kid, I always just really loved doing it. But of course there are days when you don't feel like doing it. And any time I would be like, ‘Ahh, I don't want to go on this audition today,' [my mom] would always say, ‘You don't have to. You can stop this any time you want to.'"
The poppa added:
"She was a great stage mother. She encouraged me and supported me because she knew it was something I loved to do, but she never pressured me into doing it and always gave me that decision."
Watch JGL reveal more about being a child star (below)!