Caroline Rhea Says Ava's 'An Excellent Audience'

07/08/2009 at 01:30 PM ET
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As comedians who have both done their fair share of stand-up, Caroline Rhea and boyfriend Costaki Economopoulos are no strangers to a tough crowd. Fortunately, the two find respite in their 8-month old daughter Ava! “She’s bound to laugh at everything we say,” Caroline tells OK!. “She’s an excellent audience.”

That said, baby girl’s constant willingness to lend a smile — to anyone and everyone! — leaves a feeling of false hope, Costaki notes.

“I feel so bad because people go, ‘Oh my God, she smiled at me.’ I go, ‘She smiles at everybody.'”

Despite her journey into motherhood a few years later than the norm, the 45-year-old actress couldn’t be happier with the path her life has taken. “I love it,” she says of being a mother. “It’s my favorite thing I’ve ever done.” In fact, the addition of the “sweetest, loveliest” baby girl, has opened Caroline’s eyes to a whole new world — one that bursts with color. “I guess I feel like somebody flipped a switch and the whole world is in Technicolor now,” she says.

“I’m very sappy about it, but I adore her. I’m so into momminess.”

Watching the father-daughter bond between Costaki and Ava has been equally rewarding for Caroline. However, the proud mama happily jokes baby girl’s love of all things daddy has her feeling a bit left out! “I have the tiniest bit of resentment,” she explains. “His material is doing better with her than mine is. He goes for the laugh and then he repeats it over and over again.” As for Caroline, she tends to be distracted by Ava’s adorable attributes.

“I can’t stop squeezing her thighs. I can’t.”

Source: OK!

— Anya

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Hannah on

Aw, I love her on Phineas and Ferb!

Katie on

Aw, she sound so happy!

eva on

“I feel so bad because people go, ‘Oh my God, she smiled at me.’ I go, ‘She smiles at everybody.’” Haha, that’s so cute!My husband was the same way.

She’s enjoying that baby to the fullest.She sounds candid, excited and sincere.

Stephany on

Cutest. Interview. EVER! Caroline seems so in love with her baby!

Laura on

Did she conceive naturally or with IVF? I ask because she was 44 when her daughter was born.

Daisy on

I want Caroline to be my mama!

Brandy on

Laura – If I remember correctly she did conceive naturally. Her baby daddy, if you will, Costaki is a frequent guest on the radio show I listen to in the mornings and I remember him first announcing her pregnancy. If I remember right, it was a “surprise” to the both of them.
Congrats Caroline on your baby girl!

lulumay on

Laura, who cares? Really, who cares? It’s so annoying when that issue is brought up. 44 year olds get pregnant “naturally” all the time. Let’s just be HAPPY!

Laura on

I didn’t want this to turn into a bitter debate about who cares if someone conceived naturally or not. I wanted to know for my own personal knowledge. I’m not sure when the cut-off age is for women when they can’t get pregnant anymore. I’m assuming it’s 45 or 46? but I could be wrong. I know it’s when you start menopause.

kai on

agreed, CUTEST INTERVIEW EVER! that part about how the world’s now in technicolor was so, so sweet – made me a little sappy, too:)

housham on

laura, women can keep on concieving right up until their menopause which for some women can be around 55, for example my nan had her last child NATURALLY at 54!

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