When Josh Lucas split from wife Jessica Ciencin Henriquez in January after two years of marriage, the actor acknowledged how difficult their separation was for him.

“Divorce isn’t something I would wish on my worst enemy,” said Lucas, who has a 20-month-old son with his ex. “Even when in our case we have managed to do it not only amicably but as — hopefully in the end — great friends.”

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Lucas with ex-wife Ciencin Henriquez and son Noah

The two have worked hard to remain on good terms, particularly for son Noah Rev who Lucas admits has changed his life for the better.

“My becoming a father has changed absolutely everything in my life, period,” the 44-year-old said. “I am more and more wanting to be a part of things that [are] playful and more the things I see my son really responding to and enjoying.”

Though his personal life has experienced some bumps and bruises over the last couple of months, the actor’s career is thriving.

He just promoted his new film The Mend at Austin film festival South by South West and has at least three film projects in the works for 2014.