Liev Schreiber opens up about Naomi Watts split for the first time: I hope we'll stay close

Despite his split from Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber remains close to his ex and is making a concentrated effort to put his children first.

"We're parents together. We'll be together for the rest of our lives, no matter what," the 49-year-old actor said on CBS This Morning on Thursday.

Schreiber also responded to Watts' recent comments about their breakup and change: "Transitions are scary for anybody," the 48-year-old actress shared with The Daily Telegraph Australia. "I feel like change is always scary, but that's only because transition for anyone is new and you wonder how things are going to go."

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Actors Liev Schreiber (L), and Naomi Watts (R) attend the red carpet for the movie "The Bleeder" at the 73rd Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber attend the 'The Bleeder' Red Carpet Premiere for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival Premiere at the Princess of Whales Theatre on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Walter McBride/FilmMagic)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 10: Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber attend the 'The Bleeder' Red Carpet Premiere for the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival Premiere at the Princess of Whales Theatre on September 10, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Walter McBride/FilmMagic)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts attend the the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award to Liev Schreiber event and 'The Bleeder' Premiere during the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Camilla Morandi - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts attend a photocall for 'The Bleeder' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at Palazzo del Casino on September 2, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Ernesto Ruscio/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts attend the 'The Bleeder' Party during the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 2, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 18: (Exclusive Coverage) Alexander Schreiber, Liev Schreiber, Samuel Schreiber and Naomi Watts seen walking in Times Square after attending the Broadway musical Hamilton on June 18, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Naomi Watts attends AMBI Exclusive Dinner in honor of 'The Bleeder' starring Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber during the 73rd Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2016 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 28: Actress Naomi Watts (L) and actor Liev Schreiber attend the 88th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 28, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Actors Liev Schreiber (L) and Naomi Watts attend the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/VF16/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Naomi Watts, Samuel Kai Schreiber, Alexander Pete Schreiber and Liev Schreiber attend the 'Kung Fu Panda 3' New York screening at AMC Loews Kips Bay 15 theater on January 16, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 22: Samuel Schreiber, Alexander Schreiber, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts attend the Los Angeles Clippers vs New York Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on January 22, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts filming 'The Bleeder' with Liev playing the 1970's Boxing champion Chuck Wepner on December 3, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Liev Schreiber, Alexander Pete Schreiber, Samuel Kai Schreiber, and Naomi Watts pose at the Opening Night of 'School of Rock' on Broadway at The Winter Garden Theatre on December 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04: Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts and children Samuel Schreiber and Alexander Schreiber attend the 'Pan' New York Premiere - Outside Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater on October 4, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Actress Naomi Watts, Actor Liev Schreiber and Heather Schreiber attend the 'Spotlight' New York premiere at Ziegfeld Theater on October 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Ron Adar/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Actors Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber arrive at the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28: Gina Gershon, Naomi Watts, Liev Schreiber, Robert Kennedy Jr and Cheryl Hines attend the 3rd Annual Turtle Ball at The Bowery Hotel on September 28, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Santiago Felipe/Getty Images)
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"Yeah, of course [change is scary]," Schreiber reiterated to the morning show.

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Though never married, the actor and Watts were together for 11 years and have two sons, 9-year-old Sasha and 7-year-old Sammy. Schreiber maintained that he hopes to remain on good terms with the actress.

"We're very close," he continued. "Hopefully that never changes, and I don't think it will."

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While Schreiber is best known for his role as Los Angeles tough guy Ray Donovan in the Showtime series of the same name, he says he is grateful for his new Broadway role in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which puts him closer to his children in New York.

"I wanted to be close to the kids, and I wanted to pick a job that would put me in New York and keep me in New York," the actor said. "And this was a job that was in the city, and it kept me around the kids."

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