In his Santa Monica, Calif., house, Jason Patric takes a seat in a bright, cheerful child’s bedroom stocked with stuffed animals, books, baseball gloves and toys of every description.
But he hasn’t seen the boy the bedroom is meant for in more than a year.
“It’s been 54 weeks since I’ve seen Gus,” the actor says an emotional interview in the new issue of PEOPLE. “The hardest part is thinking what he’s feeling. Every single day there’s a new wonder and worry: ‘Is he ok? Is he hurt? What does he look like? What is his voice like? How is he doing in school?’”