Paul Rudd On Watching Friends With His Daughter: ‘That’s What I Kind Of Like The Most’

The World’s Sexiest Man, Paul Rudd, is just like any other dad – according to his daughter.

“When I think about myself, I think of myself as a husband and a father — like, I’m that,” he shared in a recent interview. “I just hang out with my family when I’m not working. That’s what I kind of like the most.”

Paul Rudd On Watching Friends With His Daughter
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The actor, 52, who was just named PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2021, is gearing up with Will Ferrell for the new Apple TV+ series The Shrink Next Door and will also be featured in the highly-anticipated Ghostbusters: Afterlife movie.

But home is where the heart is for Rudd, and home is New York City with his wife of 18 years, Julie, 53, and their kids Jack, 17, and Darby, 12.

Rudd says his typical day starts off like any other “I get up and take my kids to school,” he says. “If my wife was sitting next to me, she would do a spit take and then say, ‘Okay.’ But I do, I do. I’ll try to do some form of exercise and read a bit, you know, maybe do a crossword puzzle. I like the idea of sitting and just taking in things.”

Paul Rudd On Watching Friends With His Daughter
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The star doesn’t usually watch himself on screen but recently, he did begin watching Friends with his daughter.

“I hadn’t really revisited many of those episodes. But now that she’s watching it, it’s like, ‘Oh, I remember this,’ and I tell her some story about it,” says the actor, who played Phoebe’s [Lisa Kudrow] husband Mike on the hit series. “I’m far enough away from some things now that I can allow myself to be a little nostalgic about it. But then she’ll just be like, ‘Well, you’re not Joey [Matt LeBlanc].'”

And it seems that Rudd himself doesn’t take his new title or himself all too seriously, as the star has “never really felt as if I’ve earned anything,” he says. “This is all a job. I don’t put any false importance on it. It’s all kind of fleeting and unimportant. My life and my day-to-day is the real stuff. And my family, they don’t let anything slide. If anything, they go hard into the opposite, which is the way it should be.”

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