Sarah Chalke: My Son ‘Fell In Love’ with Brad Garrett

04/03/2013 at 02:00 PM ET

Sarah Chalke How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life
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Onscreen the relationship between Sarah Chalke and costar Brad Garrett may be strained but off-camera, the chemistry is going strong — at least for the actor and her son Charlie Rhodes!

“Brad and Charlie just kind of fell in love, it was the sweetest thing,” theย How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life star, 36, told PEOPLE while promoting the show with creator Claudia Lonow at the TCAs.

“Whenever Charlie would come to visit for work … he’d pull out my makeup and start putting it on and go, ‘Brad won’t believe my makeup.'”

And once the 3-year-old laid his eyes on the prize — Garrett! — the first-time mom admits it was tough pulling the pair apart.

“If we had to go, he would say, ‘I just need to tell Brad one more thing, Mama,’ and then he would try and think of something to say,” Chalke says with a laugh.ย 

“He doesn’t hug anyone he doesn’t really know and he’d see Brad and just race up and wrap his arms around Brad’s leg.”

But it was his surprising gift-giving skills that cemented Garrett’s star status with the toddler.

“Charlie loves nothing more in the world than diggers. He’s obsessed with diggers and backhoe loaders in particular — I’m very well schooled in all of this,” she says. “And so on Charlie’s birthday this big backhoe loader showed up from Brad and Charlie just lost his mind.”

How to Live with Your Parents for the Rest of Your Life premieres Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. on ABC.

— Anya Leon with reporting by Michele Stueven

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Meg on

That’s pretty sweet. ๐Ÿ™‚

stockdale on

finally! something that comes at least somewhat close to the fact that you can live and love with the people who gave you life! at least i hope so—- so tired of hearing about parent-child problems only…. apparently love, maturity, compassion doesn’t sell tv/movies any more…

Alanna on

Awww so cute ๐Ÿ™‚

Marge on

Brad seems like he’d be an ass but this shows just the opposite. What an awesome guy!

janie on

The show is so cute! Love it & the cast!

KiKi on

Just watched this show for the first time and was pleasantly surprised at how good it is. Love this story!

Linda on

I’m glad that Brad, Elizabeth and Sarah all have a new show. Hope it makes it…it is pretty good. I miss a live laugh track though.

That is so sweet about Brad and Charlie.

Renee on

This story puts a smile on my face! I bet everytime her son does that, Brad smiles. A little kid hug is seriously the best thing in the world.

microphilia on

I felt bad when Brad ended his marriage. He has a couple of kids of his own

Chloe on

Ive loved all of the actors on this new show’s previous shows…Weeds, Everybody loves Raymond and Scrubs. I hope this show does really well! What a sweet story about Sarah’s son and Brad, it seems like these actors really care for each other!

fiona on

Stockdale, obviously you did not watch the show because it focused on how Sarah’s character has problems and has problems with how she was raised and she constantly points out her mother’s shortcomings as a mom.

Noneya on

Awesome! Missed the show but what a great story! Brad seems like a real genuine guy who obviously adores kids!!

klutzy_girl on

Just finished watching “How To Live With Your Parents” and I really liked it!

And this is a really cute story.

Idaho on

This looks like it will be a cute show. Love Brad Garrett!!

Nancy on

Brad Garrett has always been a class act. He was extremely kind to all the kids on “Everybody Loves Raymond”, performs at countless charity events, and is an all-around nice guy. A real mensch.

Max on

What a sweet story. I likely won’t watch the show..not a big regular network show fan, but found the story touching. Am I just old, or does it seem wrong for Eliz Perkins to be playing a GRANDMOTHER?

vanillanicole on

@max: I googled Elizabeth’s bday and she is 52. 3 months older than my mom, who has been a grandmother for several years now. She looks great!