by Jessica Nicholson
Tim McGraw can now add “godfather” to his resume!
The “I Called Mama” singer has been named a godfather for Garrett Hedlund and Emma Roberts’ newborn son, Rhodes, born Dec. 27, 2020.
The United States vs. Billie Holliday actor revealed the news during an interview on The Kelly Clarkson Show, saying, “He’s somebody that I admire and respect, not only as an amazing father, an amazing husband [but as an] amazing musician and amazing actor—his name Tim McGraw. I’ve known him for a long time.”
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McGraw and Hedlund first worked together on the 2004 film Friday Night Lights, where McGraw played alcoholic father Charles Billingsley, while Hedlund portrayed his son and high school football player Don Billingsley.
They reunited in 2010 for Country Strong, where McGraw played music manager James Canter, while Hedlund portrayed musician Beau Hutton.
“We laugh about it because it’s probably been over 17 years since we did Friday Night Lights together, we played father and son. So I got to first experience him as a father—in that film, somewhat more of an abusive one—but then we did Country Strong together and we’ve remained such close friends and, you know, I’ve seen his children, his daughters, from the time they were 1, 3 and 5,” Hedlund says.
McGraw, 53, has three daughters—Gracie (23), Maggie (22) and Audrey (19)—with wife and fellow superstar Faith Hill. McGraw and Hill wed in 1996.
“He’s the best,” Hedlund said of McGraw. “After around 12 weeks of Emma being pregnant, I called him, and the first thing he said was, ’I’m the godfather.’ So, how can you argue?”