Denise Richards: Charlie Sheen Is Like a Brother to Me

Denise Richards has plenty of well-publicized reasons to be wary of ex-husband Charlie Sheen, but the actress says the two are actually quite close.

After spending some of the holidays together with their daughters Lola, 6, and Sam, 7, Richards says her relationship with the former Two and a Half Men star is going well.

"It's our Modern Family, I suppose," the 40-year-old actress tells Access Hollywood. "Things are good. It was for the kids and it was a nice trip for all of us."

Richards, who has a two-episode arc on 30 Rock this season, explains that the former spouses reunited to take their girls on a memorable Christmas vacation.

"We've actually become like brother and sister, we really have," Richards added. "We've become very, very good friends and we wanted to have a trip with our daughters – and it's Christmas for them, so it's good. When we all spend time together, it's great for the kids and for us too. We actually get along."

But it's not like Richards and Sheen are in any way headed toward reconciliation; they're just friendly enough to co-parent their children. And Richards has picked up some valuable tips for divorced parents.

"I think [the key is] making it about the kids. The stuff between the couple — if you're divorced — it's no longer about you anymore," she said. "You have to be the bigger person and make it about the kids and so that’s what we're doing."

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