Julianna Margulies Dishes on the 'Mama Bus'

09/14/2009 at 08:00 AM ET
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Boys will be boys! During a recent visit to The Late Show with David Letterman, Julianna Margulies revealed that her son Kieran Lindsay is “very obsessed with buses” and generally “anything that goes.” He also, of course, loves his mom — so imagine Kieran’s delight when the two were recently combined!

Julianna explains that in the course of promoting her new series The Good Wife, CBS has taken out numerous bus advertisements … and the first glimpse of the ad left Kieran, 20 months this week, nearly speechless! “He went, ‘Bus…Mama?’ the actress recalls before adding,

“Now he’s kind of used to it. Now it’s like, ‘Mama, bus. Mama, bus. Mama, bus.’ My sister said, ‘Do you think he thinks that every kid has a mama bus?’ It’s just normal.”

What remains a mystery to Julianna and husband Keith Lieberthal, however, is their son’s pseudo-German accent. “He’s obsessed with bicycle helmets, which he calls hookahs,” Julianna, 43, explains. “I don’t know why…He’ll be in the stroller [yelling] ‘Mama, hookah! Hookah! Hookah!”

Quipping that the couple never employed a German nanny, Julianna conceded, “We don’t know where the German came from.”

The Good Wife premieres September 22nd at 10 p.m.

Source: The Late Show with David Letterman

— Missy

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denise on

what about “hookah” is supposed to be german??
the thing about the “mama-bus” is soooooo cute!

Sue on

What an adorable story! LOVE Julianna and can’t wait to see her new show!

Lauren on

Hookah is flavored tobacco that is most often smoked in a social setting (ie, at a hookah bar with light drinks and food, etc). It is especially common in metropolitan areas like NYC, DC, etc. Nothing German about it as far as I know…

That story about the “Mama bus” is adorable. I’ve always wondered what celeb kids think when they see advertisements like that featuring their parents.

Zed on

It cracks me up when kids make up words for stuff. When my son was that age, he called milk, “mum” and sandwiches were “ferdinands”. Where he go ferdinand from, I will never know. Also, when my husband was little, he called bread, “soy”.

Lacey on

Hookah is an Arab/Middle Eastern smoking pipe of flavored tabacco that you do not inhale. We have one, because my husbands Arab. I don’t why she thinks it’s German.

Hannah on

I am German and I don’t get the hookah thing either

New Shoes on

I haven’t seen the interview, so I can’t say this for sure, but she didn’t say that her son was speaking German. She said he had a “pseudo-German accent.” I don’t think hookah is supposed to be a German word. I think it’s the way he says it that is supposed to be German … as in half-yelling everything.

Lea on

Hookah is definitely not a German word or anything else that’s German, so I don’t know what she’s referring to. It might just be the way he’s saying that, although I don’t really get that as well. When you say just one word and especially a word like ‘Hookah’ you could really have hardly hear any accent at all. And if it’s the yelling, like ‘New Shoes’ said, then I’d really be a bit disappointed. Talk about stereotypes! We don’t yell here in a normal conversation and it also doesn’t sound like it!

The baby boy is cute though and his obsession with buses is sweet! My godchildren also loved everyhing that moved when they were little.