You’d think that starring in TV and movies might be the pinnacle of a man’s life. But there’s at least one thing that trumps it for a lot of Hollywood actors: fatherhood. We asked some of them to share their thoughts on the subject, and their responses are pretty heartwarming, especially this time of year. Read on for tender musings from Anthony Anderson, Liev Schreiber and more.

anthony-anderson “I love being a dad, raising children to be responsible adults. I’ve always talked to my children about choices and consequences and we’ve given them the tools to be the best that they can be.” —Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

shawn-hatosy“Hanging with my sons in their pre-teen years is the best time, because they start becoming like little people. Albeit, they’re like little drunk people [laughs]. I’m kind of immature in some things [laughs]. So we’re reaching a level together where we can communicate what we like about Superman, or the kind of bearings we want on our skateboards.” —Shawn Hatosy, Animal Kingdom*

paul-scheer“It makes you put everything in perspective. Everything else can wait.  The best thing is finding that little thing that will make him laugh.” —Paul Scheer, Popstar: Never Stop Stopping

dave-annable“I’m a family guy, I love kids. I have nieces and nephews. But I had no idea how much I was going to love that little girl. Every day is a gift. You hear all the time, ‘I just want a healthy baby.’ Now it makes sense. I’m just so lucky.” —Dave Annable, Heartbeat

liev-schreiberI feel I’ve got a good work ethic, something I got from my grandfather, and as a father you hope your kids will inherit that along the way. Although, I don’t know if having my boys around when I’m working is the way. Like when they come to the Ray Donovan set and see their dad having other people helping him and doing things for him. Or, if they see me in my cool, fancy trailer. [laughs] I don’t know, that may not be the best way to inspire a work ethic. —Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

michael-weston“It’s the greatest thing that’s ever happened to me. I didn’t know how joyous I’d be when he burped. It really resonated inside me.” —Michael Weston, Houdini & Doyle

ryan mcpartlin“As a young actor, it’s easy to become obsessed over your image. Everything from your hairstyle to how proportionate your pecs are to your biceps and triceps. It’s pretty stupid and you can lose your identity trying to measure up to the latest Hollywood trend. The best part about Fatherhood was letting all of that shit go. I haven’t gone as far as a embracing the ‘Dad Bod’ but teaching my kids how to work on themselves from the inside out has given me a new perspective on life and work and I’ve never been happier.” —Ryan McPartlin, Devious Maids

bailey-chase“That it continues to get better over time. My eldest turned two yesterday and I had this thought amongst her kids train and pony rides: There is no place I would rather be.” —Bailey Chase, Grimm

*Hatosy also said the following, which we really liked: “It’s cliché to say it’s changed me, but looking back to before I was a father, I’m in awe of what I did with my fucking time. Before, you have all of this time to do stuff. Now, when you have kids, you’re just constantly juggling. It’s like you’re in your car and you pull into your driveway. You’ve got to grab your backpack and keys and phone and maybe some things you bought, and you don’t have enough hands. For me, that’s parenthood, all the time. Trying to figure out how you’re going to get into the house without dropping anything.”

—Reporting by Ashley Jude Collie, Shawn Donnelly and Gerri Miller