During a scene in Judd Apatow’s This is 40 that opens in theaters December 21, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann’s characters decide the whole family needs to attempt to have less “screen” time. When their girls, played by Leslie Mann and Judd Apatow’s real life daughters, ages 8 and 13, ask what they are supposed to do instead, they say build forts and play with sticks. For Kids Entertainment got the scoop whether that’s what the actors themselves did as kids, the television shows they watch in real life with their kids and more.
So, I’ll have to ask, who played with forts and sticks when you were younger? Do either of you actually play with forts and sticks?
Paul Rudd: Well, forts. I built forts with sticks.
Leslie Mann: I played Kick the Can.
Paul Rudd: You did?
Leslie Mann: Yes.
Paul Rudd: I just remember as a kid always seeing those images of usually that kid with the stick rolling a tire down the road. I remember that image in my head as a kid, and even thought, “What would be fun about that?” And I don’t think I thought of it since then.
So, what shows do you both watch as families together? Are there shows in particular you watch with your kids?
Leslie Mann: We watch American Idol when it’s on. We watch American Idol, pretty much just American Idol or like the sing-song shows, singing shows because they’re fun.
Paul Rudd: We watched, especially when my kids were very little, and they still are little [ages 3 and 8], and I love it, is America’s Funniest Home Videos.
Leslie Mann: Oh, yes, that’s a good one too. That’s really good.
Paul Rudd: I’ll watch it by myself. I love it.
Leslie Mann: I love it too.
Paul Rudd: But that was before, not so much these days, but there is a good chunk of time when it was that. And then my kids would reenact. They would do their own wipe-outs and stuff. And then my wife and my son, they really get into Chopped and Sweet Genius and a lot of the cooking competition shows. I like to watch the Antiques Road Show. And my son, weirdly–
Leslie Mann: –He likes to watch it too?
Paul Rudd: –Well, no, he kind of makes fun of me for it. If we’re watching the news it makes him crazy. And I remember just being a kid and having to yell, “It’s so boring, why do you watch the news?” And I’m feeling, “All right, I am now my dad.” I’ll put on a football game or something, and he seems a little interested, but not too much.
For more, be sure to read my article Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann Talk Parenting, Hemorrhoids and Turning 40