On Thursday’s episode of Live with Kelly, the 42-year-old actor dished on what it’s like to be a dad to 7-year-old twin daughters Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip when his wife of almost nine years is out of town.
When asked if he feels outnumbered by all the women in his life, O’Connell says he only really does during the one-hour morning “rush” in his house when Romijn, 43, is away and the girls are trying to get ready for school.
“[When] my wife is out of town, I’m like, ‘Come on, go go go go go!’ ” he explains. “Hair for me is the toughest thing.”
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O’Connell — who also hosts PEOPLE’s List, a new limited-run series whose next episode airs Saturday on ABC at 8 p.m. EST — shares that one of his daughters is a “tomboy” while the other is a “girly girl.”
“Obviously I want them to have long, beautiful hair and I get them extensions at the store,” he says, before clarifying for the laughing audience, “That’s a joke, everyone — I do not put extensions in my daughters’ hair. I just get them weaves.
“That’s a joke again, everyone, I’m kidding again,” he deadpans to more laughter from Ripa and the audience.
Fortunately for his daughters, O’Connell is a good sport who’s willing to do what it takes to make them happy.
“[With hair] is the only time I feel outnumbered. It’s like, ‘Dad, you’re doing it wrong – do a French braid!’ ” he continues. “So I have to watch YouTube tutorials and stuff.”
— Jen Juneau