Early in his career, Chris O’Donnell landed a huge role starring opposite Al Pacino in 1992′s “Scent of a Woman.”
“It was just the most nerve wracking experience of my life, and being that nervous around Al Pacino for the majority of the film as well,” O’Donnell, now 43, told Big Morning Buzz Live on VH1 Tuesday. “I knew at the time I was doing it that this is going to be the greatest single acting experience of my life that I’ll ever have.”
O’Donnell earned a Golden Globe nod for best supporting actor, while Pacino went on to win an Oscar.
But, it was Pacino’s advice to O’Donnell on the set back then that has served him well in life.
“He always told me don’t ever marry an actress,” the “NCIS: Los Angeles” star revealed on VH1. “He said you’ll always be second in their life.”
As it turns out, O’Donnell did not marry an actress. He and his wife Caroline have been married 17 years and have five children.
For O’Donnell, the youngest of seven children, having a big family is the norm. But when it comes to Father’s Day, don’t expect him to be on call.
“Its my day,” he told “Big Morning” host Nick Lachey.
O’Donnell, who is a big sports fan, used to play in an annual golf tournament on Father’s Day. Now, he spends it at home watching the U.S. Open.
“I tend to lounge around and relax,” he said.