Paramount Pictures has created one of the most hilarious family comedies of the holiday season. Daddy’s Home 2 brings back all of the original cast for the dad driven holiday sequel and they are funnier than ever.
Humor has long been used as a way to tackle difficult issues, so expect lots of laughter as the extended families join forces and have a “Together Christmas!” We chatted with Mom-In-Chief Linda Cardellini about the cast of Daddy’s Home 2 and learned some fun facts that we’d like to share.
Linda’s Reaction to the Sequel
Q: When did you hear that there was going to be a sequel and what was your reaction?
Linda Cardellini: Originally I thought, there could never be a sequel to this movie. I mean how? Then I got a phone call from Sean Anders (writer/director) saying we’re thinking about doing a sequel and we’re going to introduce grandpa’s so there will be even more dads and Sara is going to have this thing with Karen where she feels like she’s always talking about her or writing about her. And then I got really excited!
Dads and Co-Parenting
Q: Daddy’s Home 2 is the only film to deal with the challenges of co-parenting from the dads point of view. What moments/messages did you find exceptional in the film.
LC: The first film was more about of having to get it together for the kids and by the second movie we realize that co-parenting amongst the dads is going really well. And then we’re all shocked when our daughter gets up there and says she hates to separate for the Christmas’s. That was a revelation for us as parents that we think everything is going along fine and maybe it’s not ok. So the “together Christmas” sounds like a great idea, even though it’s difficult we can do it, put everybody under the same roof.
New Holiday Traditions
Q: What sort of traditions does your family have with the holidays?
LC: We’re coming up with new traditions. We’ve traveled a lot and before having kids the most important thing was making sure that I was home with my parents and carrying on those traditions that I’ve had for so many years. Now that I have my own daughter we are trying to invent things that we can take with us, since we travel quite a bit. We’ve decided that no matter where we are if there is some kind of Christmas tree, whether it’s real or fake or if we have to cut it out of wrapping paper and put it on the door, so that Santa can find us while we are on the road.
Moms can get along too.
Q: I loved how you and Karen (Alessandra Ambrosio) weren’t fighting.
LC: That was very important to me that we (the moms) were not competing over looks, or husbands or anything like that. I really wanted to make sure that it was about our kids. It was really about Sarah’s anxiety and wondering if she was a good parent and also the idea that you have to contend with different parenting styles. Karen thought it was ok for her daughter to have a little bit of alcoholic egg nogg and it was her (Sarah’s) nightmare. She’s not a bad person but her skill set is different from hers.
Getting Real on Being a Mom
Q: Can you talk about being an ok mom or letting go of what others think?
LC: I think I’m still finding that as a parent. I’m a working mom so that is an interesting balance all the time. I had to work on Halloween and had to facetime in between. But I felt it the worst. It’s hard to tell what’s hardest on me and what’s hardest on the child. Just when you think you have a handle on it, something throws you a curve ball and suddenly I know nothing again. For instance, “The Talk”, you think, before kids, that you will know exactly what to say and that you’re going to be different from your own parents and so open about and then when the time comes that it’s actually time to address certain things, it’s harder than you imagined. And I don’t think anyone has it all nailed down. That’s the good thing about school is that you are around other parents that it’s ok to say, how are you handling this certain situation. School is good for the kids and the parents. You can get ideas from one another.
Daddy’s Home 2 is in theaters on November 10 just in time for the holidays. There are some sensitive topics discussed in this film but I still consider it very family friendly and it’ll be sure to provide plenty of laughter for all.
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