If you were wondering why you haven’t seen Joseph Gordon-Levitt in any movies for the past few years, there’s a reason for that.
The 500 Days of Summer star took three years out of acting to be at home with his two young children. Gordon-Levitt’s last movie came out in 2016, so it’s been a good wee while since he last graced our screens, but he’s back with three (!!!) movies this year.
James Corden asked the actor about his experience of taking extended paternity leave. “I just felt really lucky I got to do that,” said Gordon-Levitt. “There are some parts of the world that give a lot of paternity leave, where the government thinks it’s so important that dad gets to spend time their babies that there’s government paid paternity leave.”
Gordon-Levitt — whose most recent release Project Power just landed on Netflix — said he wished the U.S. had more paternity leave.
Per the World Economic Forum, fathers and secondary care givers in the U.S. are not entitled to any paid leave, but they can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. In Japan, fathers are entitled to up to 30 weeks’ paid leave, whereas in South Korea, fathers can take 15 weeks with full pay, and in Sweden they can take 11 weeks’ paid leave.
Gordon-Levitt said he feels very fortunate to have been in a position to be able to take that time.
“Don’t call it a comeback,” he added.