updated 07/21/2010 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 07/22/2010 AT 7:30 AM ET
Soon, though, the Oscar-winning actor, 71, will be shipping out to Texas for the new TV show Lonestar, but he says the distance won’t put a damper on the relationship he’s building with his daughter and grandkids.
“It’s hard for me to be away from my grandkids, yes, but I’ll stay in touch with them,” Voight told PEOPLE at a screening of show’s pilot episode at the Paley Center in Los Angeles. “Thank god we have this technology, and you know, we use all of it.”