Fatherhood Turned Thad Luckinbill Into 'A Big Ball of Mush'

07/11/2009 at 12:00 PM ET

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Thad Luckinbill swore that he would never be the type of dad that tursn into a softie once baby arrives — but he was wrong!  The minute Thaddeus Rowe Luckinbill Jr. was born 20 months ago, The Young and the Restless star “became a big ball of mush.” The actor explains that “you always hear how much you’re going to love your children, but to actually experience it is awesome … there’s just this amazing connection there.”  Rowe, as he is called, is now “at that age where he’s becoming a little boy instead of a baby” and keeping his parents — mom is actress Amelia Heinle — on their toes.

“Now Rowe is climbing on everything, running and jumping. You have to really chase him now, as opposed to him not being able to go very far. He’s fast.”

The 34-year-old old has not only had the challenge of figuring out his role in parenting Rowe, but also with 13-year-old August Manning, Amelia’s son with ex-husband, actor Michael Weatherly. “Amelia and August were doing just fine before I came along,” notes Thad. As he started spending more time with them, “I just figured out what my role with him would be.” He is the first to admit that the role is “never as the dad because August has one, but being the stepdad is still interesting and important.”

“With kids, you just can’t be their best friend when they’re growing up. They have to understand what authority and boundaries are. But August and I still have a lot of fun together, though sometimes I have to take a parental role. Amelia does a great job with him, so I just try to adapt to her philosophy.”

Are more children on the way? Although Thad says, “I think we’re doing fine with what we got right now. Kids are a lot of work,” rumor has it that the couple are currently expecting a baby girl!

Thad and Amelia met on the set of The Young of the Restless and were married in March 2007.

Source: Soap Opera Digest

— Angela

FILED UNDER: News , Parenting

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Marie Snyard on

Is this Lucille Ball’s grandson by daughter Lucy Luckinbill..

meghan on

I think the last name is just coincidence. I thought I remembered reading his family was from Oklahoma.

Olivia on

No relation to Lucille Ball…and he is indeed from OK. I think his parents and twin bro still live there.

Congrats to them if it is true. Love him on the show, though I’ve never been a fan of Amelia’s Victoria…probably since I’ve watched since I was little and heather Tom will always be Victoria to me! They do make a cute couple IRL. 🙂

Patricia on

Wow he’s hot. I never pictured him as a dad before because I always assumed him to be like 26 or something.

Laine on

I still can’t believe he’s 34! He’s one of those guys that does not age. He looks like 20 to me.
I remember thinking she was too old for him when they got married, but really they are very close in age.

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