updated 05/13/2010 AT 12:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/16/2010 AT 8:30 PM ET
Most dads sweat it out as their daughters approach dating age. Not Antonio Banderas.
“My daughter, at 13 years old, is way more mature than me,” the Spanish hunk tells PEOPLE of his and wife Melanie Griffith’s youngest child, Stella. Describing the teen as “very selective, she knows exactly what she wants,” Banderas, who turns 50 this August, promises “I’m not going to jump [in] unless there is [something] that’s going to damage her.”
But the loving father also sees the need for Stella to experience both the good and the bad.