“The pilot is happening right inside my house.”
During the show, Applegate, 39, finds herself cursing in front of her child — only to notice that little ears are listening all around. The experience, she jokes, is one she knows all too well.
“I think we did that until all of a sudden your baby goes, ‘F—!’ And then you’re like, ‘Awww, s—!’”
And according to costar Will Arnett, he and wife Amy Poehler have come to the same realization with their 2½-year-old son Archie.
“It’s bizarrely seamless now, from home to work,” the actor, 41, explains. “[Kids] hear everything. It’s like living in East Berlin in the ’70s. So you have to be really, really careful.”
However, while Applegate admits “leaving the babies [at home] is hard,” Arnett isn’t quite experiencing the same parenting pressure to juggle it all.
“You have to go to work because you have a life, and you’re a grown, thinking, evolved person, and you’re trying to maximize your … talent on this planet, and also you have to provide for your family,” he reasons.
“Now, it should be noted that this is a fairly new phenomenon because in prior generations — and through no fault of his own — my dad got up and left the house early to go to work every day … I don’t think he’d be at work and be like, ‘Goddammit, I’m really screwing my kids over.’”
– Anya Leon