24‘s Mary Lynn Rajskub didn’t plan on being a mother on screen and off at the same time, but the experience is proving to be a benefit for the actress! Mary Lynn, who welcomed son Valentine Anthony six months ago, laughs that “it’s kind of weird how my real life has mirrored my stage life. I didn’t understand it before … But it gives you a tenderness, another level to my extremely leveled character.”

While the 37-year-old has been able to use her parenting experience to help her play new mom Chloe O’Brian, she knows that “having a job as an actress is not as hard as being a mother because on set there’s a lot of downtime.”

Dad is Mary Lynn’s boyfriend Matthew Rolph — she thinks. “Jack Bauer is my child’s father on camera and off,” the actress jokes about co-star Kiefer Sutherland‘s character. “It happened under the craft services table. There are tunnels underneath the stage.”

24 airs Mondays at 9 p.m. on FOX.