“They’re a big influence on me, yeah. When that show started 12 years ago, they sent us the first eight episodes and we watched it together, the whole family. Everybody loved it. They offered me a part in it about six months later, and my kids really encouraged me to take it. I mean, I knew I was going to do it, it wasn’t something that I resisted—it was too good, the writing was too good, the situation was good. So I said, ‘If the character could be organic and not just tacked into the show, I’ll do it.’”

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