Oliver Gettell
May 20, 2016 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Matt Bomer is a nice guy — he just doesn’t play one on film very often. And although the actor and father of three has occasionally felt a pang of anxiety over the family-unfriendliness of some of his roles, he recently got some helpful advice from fellow dad and costar Ryan Gosling.

Speaking to EW at the Cannes Film Festival, Bomer said he and Gosling “sought solace in each other regularly” while shooting their new neo-noir The Nice Guys.

Being an actor and a parent is “a tricky balancing act,” Bomer continued. “For better or for worse, I tend toward more adult fare. I would love to do a voice in an animated film or something like that, that [my] boys could all go and see, but at a certain point I just made peace with myself about it by saying, I guess they’d rather [have] a parent who really pursued his dreams and what he was passionate about.”

He added, “There’s quite a bit of my body of work that’s going to be locked up until they’re 17.”

Watch the video above for more from Bomer. The Nice Guys is in theaters now.

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