Busy Philipps: Daughter Birdie Is a ‘Chatty Cathy’

05/04/2011 at 06:00 PM ET
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After two seasons of playing sassy-mouthed Laurie on Cougar Town, Busy Philipps knows a thing or two about being funny. But if you ask the actress, it’s her daughter Birdie Leigh, 2½, who’s the real comedienne in the family.

“She says funny things all the time,” Philipps tells PEOPLE. “The other day, she was telling me that her older friend was telling her the story of Harry Potter, which is about this lizard that doesn’t know that he’s a lizard and then he has to go to special lizard school. I was like, ‘He’s not a lizard Birdie, he’s a wizard.'”

Describing her as a “chatty Cathy,” the actress says others have pointed out it’s pretty clear where Birdie gets her “flair for the dramatic” from.

“I think a lot of people would say personality-wise, she sort of takes after me,” Philipps says. “But occasionally, she gives me a look that is so my husband [screenwriter Marc Silverstein].”

In fact, some of Birdie’s best work often involves her expressions, which the actress admits she occasionally recreates on set.

“Some of the faces that I make I feel like I have ripped directly from my daughter,” she says. “She makes unbelievable faces when she’s listening to people talk, sort of scrunched up and not the most attractive faces. I feel like I do impressions of her a little bit when I’m working.”

Lucky for Philipps, inspiration is usually nearby, with Birdie being a frequent visitor to the Cougar Town set, where she often plays with costar Courteney Cox‘s 6½-year-old daughter, Coco.

“Coco is so sweet, and really takes care of Birdie,” says Philipps. “She’s really inclusive and sweet to her and holds her hand and gives her hugs.”

The show’s cul-de-sac crew is a tight-knit group, and will probably make an appearance at the star’s upcoming Cinco de Mayo bash.

“It’s my favorite holiday,” says Phillips, who has partnered with Pepto Bismol to help fellow partiers celebrate by smashing their own piñatas at Pepto’s YouTube page. “Any excuse to have a party with delicious food and drinks is a good one. Margaritas and chips and salsa, bring it on.”

With summer drawing closer and Cougar Town‘s second season already wrapped, Philipps is enjoying this time with her daughter – who turns 3 in August – before she begins preschool in the fall.

“I think all parents think that whatever age their kid is at is the best one, but I’m pretty sure this is the best age,” she says. “I’m excited for her to start preschool, but I’m a little sad. Baby days are gone.”

— Kiran Hefa

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klutzy_girl on

Cougar Town is one of my favorite shows, and I love Busy on it!

Birdie sounds sweet, and I think it’s adorable that Coco plays with her.

BabyBlogAddict on

Love her on Cougar Town! I think Birdie is such a cute name!!! She seems really cool!!!

Moni on

Busy is such a sweetheart and I think Birdie will be just like her mom. Hopefully there will be much more CT seasons to come.


JulieA on

I’ve been a Busy fan since Dawson’s Creek. Sounds like she’s a great mom as well as a good actress!

Stacey on

Busy is such a weird name. Naming your daughter Birdie is just plain cruel.

SarahJane on

I’ve been a fan for a long time. I love how she talks about her daughter! So sweet!

(Oh and FYI Stacey – her given name is Elizabeth, not Busy. )

Sarah K. on

Stacey, Birdie is a pretty common Southern name. The only “Hollywood” example I can think of is Sandra Bullock’s character, Birdie, in Hope Floats, which also takes place in the South.

Jillian on

Her name is not Busy….It is a nickname. Her family gave it to her as a child and she kept it. Very cute story, actually.

JM on

I agree, personally i think the name Birdie is horrible. but to each their own. they sound like a happy family.

Lyoness on

I like Birdie. It’s unique & you can grow with it too. You can be a 75 y/o Birdie. Some of these names… Oh my…

Sandy on

I love the name Birdie. My sister’s name is Natalie but she haw been called “Bird” or “Birdie” ever since she was a baby. Birdie was actually quite popular in this country well into the 1930s.