Article Nov 04, 2016

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Jeremy Renner: 'I want five daughters'

Actor Jeremy Renner wants to have a large family, insisting fatherhood has taught him what is important in life.

The Avengers star has three-year-old daughter Ava Berlin with ex-wife Sonni Pacheco and admits being a father gave him a new focus in his life and he is hoping to expand his family in the future. However, he is wrestling with the fear that he will not be able to provide each child with quality time.

"Ava was such an angel baby and never acted out," he tells "I want to have, like, five of them. I just want to come home and have five girls adoring their daddy. The idea of that sounds fun, but once it sinks in, that diminishes the amount of time spent in the preciousness of each individual child. So I'm just happy I have Ava in my life. I'm pretty happy with that."

Jeremy is enjoying fatherhood, but he knows the days ahead will be tough at times, because his daughter has a strong personality.

"I see her tenacity," he says. "She's got a lot of strength. She's pretty fearless and I'd like to keep it that way. She's going to create a lot of problems for me in life, but really great problems, you know? She's drop-dead gorgeous and wicked smart. She's very powerful and I'm just going to give her skill sets to guide her. It's an amazing thing.

"On the surface, she's given me the greatest gift in life: the gift of focus and undeniable clarity of what I really want. It's what real, true, unconditional love is. Say there's an Oscar on my shelf. Well, that Oscar is not going to be there at my deathbed. My daughter will be. She's blessed me with thoughts and wisdom about life. It's a really wonderful gift.

"And now I have the opportunity where I have the luxury of spending a lot of time with Ava, and I want to," he adds. "Being a father is the best role to date. There's nothing that's going to trump it. And that's a wonderful feeling, to be so secure about what I want to do and what I want to be."