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Paul Chi
April 08, 2010 07:20 AM

Steve Carell may be known as a funny man, but he’s also a dutiful husband.

When it comes to his wife, Nancy Wells, “I tell her that I love her, and I will make her breakfast at times or at least coffee,” Carell told PEOPLE at Tuesday’s New York premiere of his new movie comedy Date Night. “I will also take out the garbage and empty the dishwasher. She definitely likes that, but let’s put it this way, if I didn’t do those [chores] – she would not like that!”

Not only is he useful around the house, but The Office star, 47, is also a hands-on dad with daughter Elisabeth Anne, 8, and son John, 5.

“I am a scary, protective dad,” he says jokingly. “No, I’m not scary. I think I’m a pretty accessible dad, but you have to draw the line, as hard as that it can be sometimes with kids. But I’m sort of the dad of the year. They seem to like me still.”

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Even so, when it comes to dating, Elisabeth may have to wait a while before she can bring home a boy. “Once she’s married and settled down, then she can go and have a date night,” he kidded. “She can debate all that she wants!”

Rather than going out, Carell says his favorite dates nights are spent at home once the kids are in bed asleep. “For me the best date night is when we stay in, order a pizza and watch guilty pleasure shows. I followed my wife into these reality shows and cooking shows. It’s fun.”

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