Actor Leonardo DiCaprio says no to fatherhood

Updated: Jul 17, 2010, 08:59 AM IST

Los Angeles: Hollywood heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio enjoys playing father on-screen, but says that he is not ready for children in real life.

The `Titanic` star said that he has not ruled out fatherhood completely because he understands the feeling, reported People magazine online.

"Do I want to be a father? Yes, but I think I have a few more years. In my private life, I still have time to become a dad, and I`ve no desire to rush," said the 35-year-old actor.

"That said, I don`t think I need to have children to play a father in the movies. This feeling is in me, I understand it completely," said the `Inception` star.

The actor who is dating 25-year-old Israeli model, Bar Refaeli remained silent on rumours that they plan to wed this fall. Instead he said that he prefers his press coverage to be about his professional life.

"I want to be an actor just like my role models. Robert De Niro, for example. Being discreet in his private life has allowed him to be even more credible in different roles on the big screen," said DiCaprio.