Michael J. Fox and wife joke about the perks of being empty nesters: 'We don't have anybody to pick up at school'

Michael J. Fox and Tracy Pollan
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Michael J. Fox and his wife, Tracy Pollan, are officially empty nesters.

During the Michael J. Fox Foundation event at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on Saturday night, the 60-year-old actor revealed that his youngest daughter, Esme, 19, went off to college.

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But what’s the most exciting part about having the house all to themselves again?

"We get more food," he joked to PEOPLE.

"They're not taking it all,” Pollan chimed in of her children’s eating habits.

The couple, who wed in 1988, are also parents to Sam, 32, and twin daughters, Aquinnah and Schuyler, 26.

The “Spin City” actor admitted that since the kids moved out, they’ve been making the most of their newfound free time.

"We sold our house and we went to Santa Barbara for a couple of months,” he explained, adding, “We're going to go to Malibu later this year and hang out. We don't have anybody to pick up at school!"

Despite the distance, the family remains as close as ever.

"I have a great family," he told the outlet. "My kids are spectacular and they apply their energy to change and making things better. You should see our family text chain. It goes on forever!"

As for the secret to their long marriage? "Like each other," Fox joked.

Pollan added: “We enjoy each other's company and we just have fun together and so it's not that hard for us, we're lucky."

The Emmy-winning actor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, also told the publication that he’s in a “really good groove" these days.

"Every day is different. The circle [of what I can do] gets smaller. But I'm happy I've found things in the middle of the circle that can't be touched, like my family and the time I have with them,” he added.

Earlier this week, the actor revealed to Entertainment Tonight that he felt pressured by the paparazzi to go public with his disease in 1998.

"It was seven or eight years after I had been diagnosed ... [and] the paparazzi and stuff, they would stand outside my apartment and heckle at me, like, 'What's the matter with you?' " Fox recalled.

However, he reveals it was a “great thing” to share because he was able to use his own experience to raise awareness for the disease.

"It was a great surprise to me that people responded the way they responded," Fox noted.

He added: "They responded with interest, in the desire to find an answer to the disease, and then I saw that as a great opportunity. I didn't get put in this position to squander it."

To date, his foundation has raised over $1 billion to date for Parkinson's research.

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