Katie Finneran: Shooting Pilot Six Weeks After Baby Was ‘Hard’

11/30/2011 at 02:00 PM ET
Gilles Toucas

Katie Finneran had just welcomed son Ty when she landed the role of Nikki Miller on I Hate My Teenage Daughter, and the transition to working mom proved harder than expected.

“I auditioned for the pilot practically while I was still in the hospital,” the actress, 39, tells PEOPLE.

“My baby was 6-weeks-old when we arrived in Los Angeles to rehearse and shoot the pilot. It was so hard. I couldn’t remember my lines.”

Luckily for Finneran, costar Jaime Pressly, who is mom to 4-year-old son Dezi James, had been in her shoes before. “Jaime was so wonderful,” she says.

“She helped me through the whole thing. I was still breastfeeding; the baby was up all night. It was really hard, but it sort of gave me a little edge that I needed to play the role.”

The FOX comedy, which premieres Wednesday at 9:30 p.m., centers on Finneran and Pressly’s characters struggling to raise their teenage daughters. But while her onscreen child can be a handful, Finneran can’t say the same for her now 9-month-old son.

“He’s so sweet. I have the best baby boy,” she reveals. “He has a great sense of humor. When I run my lines with him, he always laughs at the punch lines — which we don’t understand how he knows how to do that — but he always laughs at them. He’s just a really happy child.”

Fortunately, with the show’s easily navigable schedule, Finneran is never far from Ty, who also occasionally visits mom on the set.

“The cast is really loving, a great family-friendly cast,” she says. “We all get together on the weekends and have a barbeque. My son has been in the arms of every cast member on the show.”

And much like their moms, Ty and Dezi have developed a close relationship, as well.

“They love each other,” Finneran shares. “Jaime just gave me two big bags of her son’s clothing that doesn’t fit him anymore. So I have this fashionable, beautiful wardrobe for my son thanks to Jaime and Dezi.”

— Kiran Hefa

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andrea on

‘Still’ breastfeeding at six weeks?!? There is no ‘still’ at six weeks; six weeks is barely the beginning. At six weeks, a woman’s milk supply isn’t even established…

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