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Liev Schreiber Comments on Naomi Watts Split for the First Time, Laughs Off Matchmaking Offer

Liev Schreiber commented for the first time on his split from his longtime partner and the mother of his children, Naomi Watts, and uncomfortably laughed off matchmaking offers during an appearance on CBS This Morning on Thursday, December 1. 

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Toward the end of the chat, cohost Gayle King told the Ray Donovan star, 49, she was sorry to hear about his breakup with Watts. The couple announced in September that they were separating after 11 years together. They share sons Alexander “Sasha,” 9, and Samuel, 7.

Asked whether the change in their relationship status is scary to him, Schreiber replied, “Yeah. Of course it is. We’re parents together, so we’ll be together for the rest of our lives no matter what, and we’re very close. Hopefully that never changes, and I don’t think it will.” 

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Earlier in the interview, the Spotlight actor revealed he chose his role in the Broadway revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses to be near his family. “I wanted to be close to the kids, and I wanted to pick a job that would put me in New York and keep me in New York, and this was a job that was in the city, and it kept me around the kids,” he said. “The problem is you have no time to be with them on a theater schedule.”

Actress Naomi Watts and actor Liev Schreiber attend the premiere of ‘The Bleeder’ during the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival at Princess of Wales Theatre on Sept. 10, 2016. Taylor Hill/FilmMagic

King later offered to set up the newly single star, to which he joked, “I’m busy with the 15-year-old,” referencing the teen that his character seduces in his Broadway show. 

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Schreiber’s comments about the split echoed what Watts, 48, said earlier this week when she broke her silence about their breakup. “I feel, whether you’re famous or not, transitions are scary for anybody,” the St. Vincent actress told Australia’s Daily Telegraph. “I feel like change is always scary, but that’s only because transition for anyone is new, and you wonder how things are going to go.”

The pair have stayed amicable since they called it quits. Back in September, they told Us Weekly in a joint statement: “Over the past few months we’ve come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple. It is with great love, respect and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship. While we appreciate your curiosity and support, we ask the press to be mindful of our children and respect their right to privacy.” 

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