Harrison Ford: Calista Best Mother in the World

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart

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updated 04/08/2008 AT 2:00 PM ET

originally published 04/08/2008 AT 2:50 PM ET

After nearly 20 years, Harrison Ford is returning to the role of Indiana Jones. But at home, he’s reprising a part he played earlier in his 65 years: father.

Being a parent again, the leading man tells Reader’s Digest for its May issue, has “made me just a bit less self-centered.”

The actor’s companion since 2002, Calista Flockhart, 43, adopted the youngster in Ford’s life, son Liam, in 2001.

“She’s brought a child back into my home,” Ford says of Flockhart. “My youngest, other than Liam, is 17. It’s a wonderful opportunity to be part of a child’s growing up, which is always an endless springtime. You see the blossoming and the growing and the nurturing and the payoff.”

Ford, who was PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive in 1998, also has four older children – Benjamin, 40, and Willard, 39, his two sons with first wife Mary Marquard (to whom Ford was married from 1964 to 1979), and a boy and a girl with his second wife, E.T. screenwriter Melissa Mathison (to whom he was wed from 1983-2004): Malcolm, 21, and Georgia, 17.

‘Best Mom in the World’

Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart

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Asked what sort of mother Flockhart is, Ford replied: “The best in the world. She’s a mother by choice – she adopted Liam before we met, as a single parent, which is an awesome responsibility to take. She’s devoted herself to Liam and has done a really wonderful job raising him. I’m happy to now have a part of the job.”

But is he different with Liam than he was with Benjamin, Willard, Malcolm and Georgia? “Naturally enough,” Ford replies, “I’m a little bit more mature.”

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