Colin Farrell opens up about his proudest moment as a father

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This award-winning actor's most meaningful role to date is dad.

This award-winning actor's most meaningful role to date is dad.

While attending the Toronto International Film Festival to promote his upcoming film "The Killing of a Sacred Deer," Colin Farrell opened up to People magazine about his life as a parent.

The 41-year-old shared a heartwarming story about his son, who has a rare disease called Angelman syndrome.

"When James took his first steps a couple weeks short of his fourth birthday, it was pretty amazing and humbling to see," he said.

The disorder is genetic in nature and is said to cause motor and developmental disabilities. It can also cause seizures, jerky movement and sleep issues.

"People talk about the children taking the first step, it's obviously a monumental moment and it's been represented in film," Farrell shared. "But to be told your child may never take the first step and then see those first steps is just kind of a different sport all together."

Farrell had been largely quiet about his son James' struggle. In a 2012 interview with InStyle, he revealed that attending the Special Olympics in Shanghai six years prior changed everything for him.

"I decided after consulting with James' mother (Kim Bordenave), that I wanted to talk publicly about the pride and joy I had in our son," Farrell said at the time.

"We share in the smallest victories - the first words at age 6 or 7, being able to feed oneself at 9 and getting the seizures under control," he added. "When you're the parent of a child with special needs, it's important to feel that you're not alone."

Farrell also has a second son, Henry, with actress Alicja Bachleda-Curus.

His eldest son is now 13-years-old.

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