April 16, 2013 10:00 AM

Like mother, like daughter.

Comedic actress Christina Applegate says her 2-year-old daughter Sadie Grace is developing a taste for humor already.

“I’m watching what she finds funny now,” Applegate, 41, tells PEOPLE while on the set of the Spring/Summer photoshoot for FabKids, for which she is a creative partner.

“If she sees something that she really thinks is funny, she does this crack-up on her own. It’s really awesome to see, ‘Oh wow, you’re learning what tickles you.’ It’s not influenced by anybody else, which is really a cool, new thing.”

The former Up All Night star says Sadie is talking now, and that “her language skills are incredible.”
“Sadie and I talk about what she dreamt about, we talk about what we’re going to do that day, we talk about what we did the day before, and we talk extensively about these things,” notes Applegate.

“It’s really a fun part of her development. Now she’s my little person, she’s my little best friend.”

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As for balancing motherhood with work — including going back and forth to Atlanta to film Anchorman: The Legend Continues — Applegate confesses it’s bittersweet, but explains that having her own projects is a healthy part of their mother-daughter relationship.

“Once I get [to work], I get to be back in my skin again, and that’s always really good — for her too,” she explains. “I fill up in the outside world and then come home and bring her that strength.”

— Gabrielle Olya

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