Connie Britton has learned so much from her son already.
While dishing to PEOPLE about her newest project — the comedy Beatriz at Dinner, in which she stars alongside Salma Hayek and John Lithgow — the Nashville actress, 50, took some time to share details about how her 6-year-old little boy Yoby has inspired her.
“My son is adopted from Ethiopia so I always say I can take very little credit, but he, from the beginning, just inherently has had such an open and curious heart and love of life,” says Britton of her only child, whom she adopted in 2011 when he was an infant.
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“He’s very into learning and seeing what’s happening and seeing what people are doing,” Britton continues. “I just love that about him. And it immediately opens me up as well.”
Britton’s Beatriz costar Hayek shares that connecting with her own child — daughter Valentina Paloma, 9½ — is an irreplaceable experience, but not always easy.
“I connect with on everything, even in the things [where] she’s so different than me, I connect,” she admits. “Sometimes in admiration, and sometimes [I’m] absolutely terrified.”
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“Because [it’s like], ‘Oh my God, how am I going to deal with this?’ ” Hayek explains. “But there’s always a connection. I think the greatest connection is love.”
Beatriz at Dinner premieres nationwide Friday, June 9.