Hank Azaria wasn’t always sure he wanted to be a dad, and he’s got a new docu-series to prove it. Fatherhood follows Azaria as he asks his friends about what it’s like to be a dad, an idea that originated at a poker game.
“I was talking to my poker buddies who are all dads and I said, ‘The only thing I’m qualified in life to do is prepare for a role, so if Katie ever walked in and said she was pregnant, I would just follow you idiots around to see how you’re a dad, because I don’t know how to do it.’ And a buddy of mine at the table went, ‘That wouldn’t be a bad documentary.’ And that’s what we started doing,” Azaria said. “Then, in the middle of it, we unexpectedly got pregnant. Then the documentary changed from, ‘What if I was a dad?’ to ‘I’m going to be a dad, please help me.’ And that was it.”
In the series, Azaria talks with a number or recognizable faces, from Kevin Bacon to Bryan Cranston. “Kevin Bacon was incredibly wise,” Azaria said. “Before I was a dad, he said, ‘The phases will drive you crazy, the phases of childhood. Nobody tells you that they pass. Whether you love the phase or hate the phase your child is in, it’s going to change soon.’ And Bryan Cranston said he asked a rabbi what’s the most important thing for a father to do, and the rabbi said, ‘Love your wife,’ which was really profound advice — especially coming from Walter White.”
Now years into fatherhood, Azaria is a changed man, but not everything about him is different. For example, he’s still the “horrific” dancer who once hid under his seat while watching Poltergeist. At least, that’s what he told us in our Pop Culture Personality Test. Watch it below: