He may be one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, but when it comes to his kids, Liam Neeson is just like any other dad.

Closer caught up with the 61-year-old at the premiere of his new thriller, Non-Stop, to find out how the single dad is feeling about sending eldest son Micheál off to college next year.

"It’s going to be hard…but we all have to do it," Neeson admits. In fact, the actor recently accompanied his son on a tour of Boston College, so clearly the pair are already knee-deep in the college search.


Possible school options isn't the only personal topic the Taken star has discussed this week. The actor recently spoke out about the death of his wife Natasha five years ago in a freak skiing accident.

Neeson revealed how a certain Irish musician helped Micheál and his younger son Daniel heal after the tragic loss.

"Bono is a pal and he came 'round to have a dinner. And I remember he was sitting beside Micheál and just out of the blue he said, 'What age are you, Micheál?'" explained Neeson.

"Micheál said, 'Thirteen.' And [Bono] said, 'Yeah, that's the age I was when I lost my mum.' That was it. And it—I—I coulda kissed him for it," the actor told 60 Minutes' Anderson Cooper.

"He was saying, 'You know, I lost my mom at this age and I'm doing OK. And you will do OK too.'"

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But despite his willingness to speak out about that extremely rough period in his life, the Irish actor was also more-than-happy to chat about his present film, which follows an air marshal on a mission to save the passengers of a transatlantic flight from a terrorist threat.

Neeson tells Closer that he hopes the film's subject matter won't keep it from eventually appearing on airplanes!

"That’s when I really want to see it," says the star, "Especially when you see someone watching it over your shoulder and you get up and go to the bathroom then come back."