"He has understanding and communication," Olsen tells PEOPLE

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Updated December 03, 2020 03:17 AM
Eric Christian Olsen


Eric Christian Olsen tells PEOPLE that watching his son go through the terrible twos is “the best thing ever.”

“He has understanding and communication,” the NCIS: Los Angeles star, 38, said Friday at the PaleyFest Fall TV Preview at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California.

Son Wyatt Oliver is now at the stage where he’s learning how to say the same thing in different ways, Olsen said: “We just say, ‘Start again,’ and he stops and says, ‘Can I do this please?’ He’s such a little human.”

A little human with a lot of personality and a lengthy to-do list.

“He gets up in the morning and bangs on my shoulder,” Olsen said. “‘Dada, swim, tiger-shark, breakfast, omelet, pineapple,’ and you’re like, ‘That’s a lot to process. It’s 5:30 a.m. Can we go back to bed?’ ”

But Wyatt can be hard to bargain down, Olsen says.

“We were just in Hawaii and he would wake up at 4:45 a.m. and say, ‘We have to go out sun comes up,’ and I go, ‘No no, the sun is not up,’ ” Olsen said. “And he’s like, ‘The sun’s up!’ And he runs over opens the blind, and I’m like, ‘No!’ ”

Wyatt’s verbal skills are something he might get from his mom, actress Sarah Wright Olsen, Olsen’s wife of three years.

“She’s wonderful,” he said, adding, “She’s the best communicator, so emotionally intelligent.”

The secret to their success so far? Olsen says it’s the “little things.”

“You have to be like, ‘This is a moment we have to cherish cause in a heartbeat it’s going to be over,'” he said.

He gave one recent example: “I was in Maui and Wyatt got in the car and said, ‘Dada, all done.” And I thought, ‘What?” And he said, “All done awake,” and he put his head back in his car seat and went to sleep.”

–- Raha Lewis