Garrett Hedlund and Emma Roberts‘s newborn son Rhodes apparently already has a country music icon looking out for him.
Hedlund revealed during an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show that he and Roberts chose Tim McGraw as the godfather of their first child as, “He’s somebody that I admire and respect.” The actor, who worked with McGraw on movies like 2004’s Friday Night Lights and 2010’s Country Strong, continued, “Not only as an amazing father and an amazing husband, amazing musician and amazing actor…I’ve known him for a long time.” Hedlund added, “We laugh about it because it’s probably been over 17 years since we did Friday Night Lights together, we played father and son. So I got to first experience him as a father—in that film, somewhat more of an abusive one—but then we did Country Strong together, and we’ve remained such close friends and, you know, I’ve seen his children, his daughters, from the time they were 1, 3 and 5.”
To give a better sense of just how long Hedlund and McGraw have been friends, those same daughters—Gracie, Maggie, and Audrey—are now 23, 22, and 19 respectively. The singer shares all three children with fellow country star, Faith Hill, whom he’s been married to since 1996. “He’s the best,” Hedlund gushed. “After around 12 weeks of Emma being pregnant, I called him, and the first thing he said was, ‘I’m the godfather.’ So, how can you argue?” Especially if giving McGraw that title happens to come with an invitation to vacation on his $35 million private island in the Bahamas.
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