Christina Applegate: ‘My Daughter Is My Toughest Critic’

Although the actress has faced countless critics, this time she has finally met her match in daughter Sadie Grace.

Christina Applegate, who likes to spend her downtime with Sadie and fiancé Martyn LeNoble, speaking to Scholastic Parent & Child, revealed how she manages to keep fit due to her daughter Sadie. Photo: lchupeton/Flickr

Christina Applegate, 40, told Scholastic Parent & Child in their April issue, “She loves it when I imitate a monkey — she starts imitating a monkey too. Every day there’s something different that she thinks is hysterical.”

“And you try to use it again and again, but then by the third time, she doesn’t find it funny anymore. Sadie is a much harder critic than the public,” she added.

A sensibility that likely comes from having equal parts of her mother and father in her DNA. “Because she sees her daddy with guitars playing music for her, and then she sees mommy being ridiculous at home. She’s sort of an amalgamation of the two of us. But then she has her own things, too. She’s very independent.”

As People Magazine reports, the 13-month-old baby is exposed to the musical world through watching dad, and Applegate claims that her “independent” daughter is already showing signs of a funny bone.

“She makes me laugh every day — she’s a funny little kid and a happy girl,” the actress says. “She’ll stand on a little box in our room and press her musical bear until she finds the song she wants. Then she grooves, dances, and stomps around for 20 minutes. She has the best time all by herself.”

“She loves it when I imitate a monkey — she starts imitating a monkey too. Every day there’s something different that she thinks is hysterical,” the actress, 40, tells 'Scholastic Parent & Child' in their April issue. Photo: Scholastic Parent & Child

Sadie was born in January of last year and only six weeks later her famous mom began work for her role on Up All Night. If given the chance to do things again, the actress says, her path as a new parent would be very different.

“In hindsight, I don’t know if I would have started again so early, because there are a lot of hours away from her,” Applegate reveals. “It’s been very difficult for me.”

Fortunately, the actress banded together with fellow actors Maya Rudolph and Will Arnett and spend time bonding over their babies.

“We’re always showing each other our videos. What’s nice is that none of us sit there and think, ‘Oh no, they’re showing videos again,’” Applegate explains. “We all love each other’s kids, so we’re enthusiastic. If Will shows us his son walking for the first time, we’re excited and supportive.”

When asked about the possibility to have one more child, the actress responded: “I would love to have one more. I know I’m 40, and people are gonna say, “Hmm…” I’ll probably have to harvest in the next year [laughs] to make sure we have a backup plan.”

Applegate added that her way to keep fit is to bring up Sadie. “Um, I’m not fit anymore—I had a baby! I haven’t been working out because of the show. But when I was, I loved running,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to the show filming to be over so that I can get back to my schedule, which was five days a week, working my butt off. I miss moving my body.”

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