Where's Peter Pan's child-rearing dog, Nana, when you need her? Jerry O'Connell begins his Mistresses recurring role as hunky male nanny Robert in the Monday, May 30, season 4 premiere, and he tells Us Weekly exclusively that he wouldn't want his character to watch his real-life kids.
O'Connell, 42, who has 7-year-old twin daughters, Dolly and Charlie, with wife Rebecca Romijn, spoke to Us on the ABC soapy drama's set earlier this month, where he talked about manny Robert's sexy scenes with boss Karen (Yunjin Kim).
"I'm not sure if given the chance to hire myself as a manny in my family, I don't think I would allow that to happen," the Crossing Jordan alum said. "I'm sorry if that's closed-minded of me. I just wouldn't allow that — I wouldn't be comfortable with that. I would explain to my wife and to my children that I was not comfortable with a manny around."
O'Connell points out that it was an odd feeling to be the only cast member who had experience caring for children.
"It is pretty shocking to me that I'm the only one who has kids on this cast, so literally everyone thought I was like Dr. [Benjamin] Spock," the Stand by Me actor said. "Everyone thought I was a baby expert."
"It's funny — when you're a parent, and you have kids, when you see a crying baby, you just go to it," he continued. "You just do. I'm shocked I'm that person as well because before I had kids, I didn't really care for them. [But] especially these little babies in showbiz, they are cute little babies. You can't help! Feeding the baby again, it really made me want to have another one."
O'Connell — a frequent Live guest cohost — also talked to Us about Michael Strahan's surprise exit from the daytime talk show and whether he has been in contact with producers about a permanent role alongside Kelly Ripa on the show.
Mistresses season 4 premieres on ABC Monday, May 30, at 10 p.m. ET.