Just like his character on NCIS, Michael Weatherly is just a big teddy bear underneath his tough exterior.
The actor recently spoke to PEOPLE about being excited to spend more time with his family after his last-ever episode of the long-running show airs Tuesday.
“The kids are very excited to have me around, mostly because I’m wrapped around their little fingers,” Weatherly, 47, says. “I’m just a sucker and I’m trying very hard to be authority dad.”
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“As a lot of working parents know, when you’re not around a lot and then you’re with your kids, it’s very hard to just come in and be the strict one because then you’re just an assh—,” he said. “But you don’t want to be too soft.”
Whatever his parenting style, Weatherly is just happy to be around his kids.
“I think a lot about the kids and the time I get to spend with them now, at this age of 4 and 2½, which is such a critical time,” he explains. “They just have some extraordinary things going on in their lives and they have great questions for me about why frogs and crickets make sort of the same sound.”
He’ll have plenty of time to answer these questions during their upcoming family vacation.
“We’re planning a big trip to Jamaica this summer where we will spend lots of time doing, as Daddy Pig on Peppa Pig says, ‘We’re going to do a lot of nothing,’ ” Weatherly says, before adding: “By the way, I am so deep in Peppa Pig world right now, I can’t even — just watch the first 10 seconds and you’ll completely have seen every episode.”
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