The actor says he averts his eyes when Courteney Cox's TV show gets too steamy
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Life has been busy for David Arquette.

Besides starring in ABC’s new sitcom In Case of Emergency, he’s also an executive producer of the FX drama Dirt, featuring his wife, Courteney Cox, which can get a little awkward when it comes to her character’s sultry side.

The actor, 35, talked to PEOPLE about watching his wife’s love-scenes, paparazzi – and being a parent to 2-year-old daughter Coco.

Dirt is set at a tabloid magazine. Is it inspired by true events?
When Courteney was pregnant, the paparazzi (became) more renegade. They started doing things like chasing her in the car. It was crazy. So we started developing the idea.

As executive producer, how hands-on are you with the show?
I’m not on the set all that often. I’m doing my show, and there are a lot of love scenes and that’s uncomfortable for everyone.

Some of those scenes involve your wife. You don’t like them?
Definitely not. I just avert my eyes. I have to watch sometimes just to see what’s going on, just to be aware. I don’t want to be blindsided!

How do you and Courteney balance work and parenthood?
I watch the baby most every morning. Then in the early afternoon, Coco goes and visits Courteney. Unless there’s (an inappropriate) scene going on, then she’ll come visit me. My trailer is just a bunch of toys.

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