Watching Joseph Gordon-Levitt Gush Over His Sons Will Make You Love Him Even More

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one proud dad.

The 39-year-old actor gave fans a rare glimpse into his life as a father of two during the Aug. 12 episode of The Tonight Show. The topic came up after Jimmy Fallon asked the 500 Days of Summer star about his break from acting a few years ago.

“I felt lucky I got to take some time off,” Gordon-Levitt replied. “I have two boys, and it’s the best man.”

He also seemed flattered when the late-night host said he “always saw” Gordon-Levitt being a dad. As the actor gushed, “Thanks, man. That’s one of the sweetest things you could say about a person.”

Gordon-Levitt then recalled seeing Fallon—who has two daughters, 7-year-old Winnie and 5-year-old Franny—in Bryce Dallas Howard‘s documentary Dads and how he was touched by his words.

“The question was, ‘What is a dad?’ And you were like, ‘A dad is…’ and you were looking for the right word, and you were like, ‘A hero,'” he recalled. “I just about started crying when you said that, man.”

He then reflected on how he’s “someone’s dad now” and how he remembered looking up to his dad “in that exact same way.”

“There’s not really a lot of other people that you can grab them and like …” he said while doing a hugging gesture.