Monica Potter: Why My Daughter Can’t Watch Parenthood

01/10/2014 at 11:00 AM ET

Monica Potter Audi Golden Globe Michael Tran/FilmMagic

Monica Potter captivated viewers with her character’s cancer battle on the fourth season of Parenthood, but one fan couldn’t take the dramatic story arc: her daughter Molly, 8.

“She got very upset!” the Golden Globe nominee, 42, told PEOPLE on the red carpet Thursday. “She watched through the first episode of the season and I saw her little eyes well up, and I just turned it off.”

Potter, 42, was on hand for the AUDI Celebrate Golden Globes Weekend event at Cecconi’s. The mother of three (son Liam turns 19 this month, while eldest Danny is 23) said that despite attempts to shield her young daughter from the spotlight, Molly is aching to join the family business.

“She comes to the set a lot now, and she gets it,” Potter, who was wearing a white Max Mara suit and gold Irene Neuwirth jewelry, tells PEOPLE.

“My oldest two know what it is that I do for a living, they’ve been on the road with me now forever, but Molly I’ve kept away from it … and now she wants to act.”

It sounds like she’s ready for her close-up: Potter joked about Molly’s “spot-on” imitation of her stylist.

“She had the full get-up on, and I almost peed my pants!” the star said. “I was like, ‘I wish I could take a video of this!’ She had the accent down, the mannerisms, it was amazing to watch.”

As for the emotional performance that upset her daughter but impressed The Hollywood Foreign Press Association?

“I really took that arc very personally,” said the actress, who is up for best supporting actress at Sunday’s awards. “As an actor it helped me grow so much, and I was just happy that I was able to tell a story that these writers and my fellow actors created … I was so lucky to even be a part of it.”

— Michele Corriston with reporting by Reagan Alexander

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Lee on

One of the best shows on TV! Her performances are always riveting. Love her!

Anonymous on

She is such an amazing actor has having a kid with special needs my son has epilepsy but I can relate to how frustrating the stress of it all can be and how they use laughter get through it all. They have taught me so much on how to deal with my son and have forever changed my life by watching that show and knowing the issues they go through I go through and I am not alone. She is so beautiful as well……kudos to them.

I DVR the show too so I can re-watch it when my son is bed and I need someone who understands. My friends and family try to understand but there not in my shoes everyday. My son has missed so much school he is in 5th grade but he is learning at 2nd grade level and behaves like a 2nd grader. He had immunizations for kindergarten and within 24 hours in ICU he almost died. I have the memory of him before he was diagnosed at age 5 and its like the child I had before died and this new child was in our lives that I had to learn to be a parent too.

Thanks for all the love and support from this show.

Lauren on

One of the most underrated shows on TV! Great acting & relatable story lines…love this show!

Momof four beauties on

LOVE LOVE LOVE this show!!!!!! So relatable!! The characters & actors that portray them are amazing!! I agree w/ the comment that this show is extremely underrated!!

Allison on

Where the hell is this woman’s Emmy?

Catherine on

So, so happy she got a Golden Globes nomination. I agree with Lauren, the show is criminally underrated. It’s such a great show!

Mimi on

I love Monica Potter, and her portrayal of Kristina on “Parenthood” is one of the top reasons why I’ve watched the show from the beginning! Wish her luck at the Golden Globes! She deserves it!

Kelly on

This IS the best show on TV, hands down! Monica Potter is AMAZING as is the whole cast. MY favorite show because the story lines are SO realistic and the characters are “normal” in today’s society. Hoping it finally gets the recognition it deserves.

Anonymous on

Will concur with others and say that it’s one of the most underrated and undiscovered shows on tv. No fabricated drama, just personal stories like they actually happen in life..

alannah on

This is random but at first glance I thought she was wearing crazy big hoop earrings

Amy on

She is an amazing actress! The whole cast is phenomenal. This is my “must watch” show.

Bugsmum on

I love this show but there is no way I’d let my 8yr old watch this show. I know I’m a bit of a strict parent but this show deals with a lot of topics I wouldn’t consider appropriate for anyone younger than a teen. Here in NZ it doesn’t screen until 9.30pm and carries an adults only rating.