Jason Sudeikis: Hearing My Son Call Me Dada Is ‘Intoxicating’

09/10/2015 at 01:45 PM ET

Making the jump from Saturday Night Live funnyman to cinematic leading man seemed to be all too easy for Jason Sudeikis, but it was becoming a father that brought the rising star back to terra firma.

“It takes a village,” the actor told PEOPLE at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie, Sleeping with Other Peoplesponsored by Dark Horse, when asked how he and fiancée Olivia Wilde navigate the couple’s careers along with the joys of parenthood.

Sudeikis points out that he and the actress actually have a (very large!) support system that keeps them both grounded.

“We have a tiny village known as Brooklyn,” he jokes. “But it really comes down to communication, and using all of these devices that we use too often to distance ourselves, to actually bring us closer together.”

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The 39 year old is happy to admit that his son, Otis Alexander, surprises him at every turn, as the 17-month-old is a basketball-playing, reggae-music-loving, free spirit. Not that Sudeikis or Wilde will take any credit for it — just yet!

“We just watched a lot of Bear Grylls,” Sudeikis deadpans of his parenting approach. “We love … every second we get with him in our busy lives, and we surround him with people that do the exact same at all times.”

Hearing his son speak has pulled at Sudeikis’ heartstrings, with the actor admitting that it didn’t take much for his toddler to have him wrapped around his finger.

“He calls me Dada. I think that’s hilarious, mind-blowingly hilarious,” the proud dad shares. “Maybe not hilarious in the conventional sense of a Chris Rock joke, or a Louis C.K. T.V. show, but it’s hilarious to me. I never thought that was going to happen and that it would be so intoxicating when it did.”

— Reagan Alexander

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Nicole on

I’m confused, doesn’t he have a son with January Jones?

Carla on

Which son?

Good one on

Lol Carla! I know right? I wonder if that other “son” is his or the Xmen director, January Jones worked with.

CherylS on

I don’t believe he’s the father of January’s son. A very probable rumor is that it’s Matthew Vaughn, her XMen director and husband of Claudia Schiffer. Jason Sudekis was single when she got pregnant so if he were the father, why would she be so secretive about it? It makes more sense that it was a married man.

LR on

Xander looks just like Jason.

Meghan on

I agree with CherylIS. What would be the reason to seemingly deny paternity? Also I remember a few years back Jason was on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are and appeared not only extremely close to his father and family, but greatly troubled by a desertion that occurred in his family.

Hea on

I highly doubt that if he fathered a child he’d accept being denied said child.

Carmen on

I love these two!!! I wish them tv best. Parenthood is very tricky to navigate!

Carolyn on

Wish we could see a picture of Otis. He must be very cute!