He plays Jennifer Aniston‘s funny best friend in The Switch. But at home it’s his wife, Amanda, and daughter Francesca who keep Bateman, 41, smiling.
YOU’RE A FUNNY GUY. IS YOUR DAUGHTER A MINI-ME?
She likes to do crazy voices and funny faces, make her friends laugh. She’s certainly not hiding in the corner waiting to be entertained.
WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT FATHERHOOD?
I’m more strict than I thought I’d be. I always assumed I would let my kid get away with a lot more.
WHAT’S A NIGHT AT THE BATEMAN HOUSE LIKE?
Getting into the pj’s as early as possible. We have fun watching Pixar movies together. And Franny loves all the shows on Nick Jr.
YOU DON’T SOUND LIKE A STRICT DAD.
I’m not one of those parents who’s like, “No TV!” I grew up on it; I turned out alright.
HOW DID YOU KNOW YOUR WIFE [AMANDA ANKA, 41] WAS THE ONE?
It was more that I’d cleared enough garbage out of my life where I had the courage to go out with a really good friend and peer, as opposed to an armpiece.
DID YOUR FRIENDSHIP WITH JENNIFER ANISTON HELP YOUR ON-SCREEN CHEMISTRY?
We’ve known each other a long time—we just brought that in front of the camera.
AS A FORMER CHILD STAR, DID YOU RELATE TO THE YOUNG BOY IN THE MOVIE?
I always liked being treated as a peer. If you treated me like a kid, that made me nervous.
SO DID YOU TAKE HIM UNDER YOUR WING?
On the first day of shooting, I gave him an iPod. I tried to keep things light for him.