Overheard: Jeremy Renner on becoming a dad
November 7th, 2013
05:40 PM ET

Overheard: Jeremy Renner on becoming a dad

Jeremy Renner's daughter, Ava Berlin, just came into the world in March yet the 42-year-old already knows the first lesson he's going to teach her.

"Compassion," the first-time father tells Elle magazine. "Something a lot of people don't teach."

As for what he's learned from his own parents, the Oscar nominee says he's absorbed what not to do in relationships - his mom and dad have both been married three times.

"I don't really get involved in that kind of stuff," he says, although he adds that his dad has offered some advice when it comes to women.

"We both studied theology and psychology, so we had wonderful conversations about human behavior and our own patterns and the bulls*** that gets in the way in relationships," Renner says. "In every issue and problem that comes, let’s not point the finger. Think, Where did I go wrong? Where’s my part in it?"

As far as what he looks for in a lady, the "American Hustle" star says he loves a woman who can think more like a man.

"Men and women - there's a lot of headwind in that department, and there are very different principles and emotions and outlooks," Renner explains. "My girl (Sonni Pacheco) is masculine in a lot of ways, even though she looks like a supermodel. That works out. A girly girl just doesn't do it for me. I can't have a conversation about your broken nail."

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