The Dad’s are home, all of them.
The holidays are packed with so much emotion and often times teaches us a life lesson that we didn’t realize that we needed to learn at the time. Daddy’s Home 2 used plenty of humor as a way to tackle difficult issues, so expect lots of laughter as the extended families gather for a “Together Christmas”. A Together Christmas comes about because as we know, kids are brutally honest, and during a live Christmas performance, Wahlberg’s and Cardellini’s daughter Megan (Estevez) expressed how she hates Christmas time because her families have to celebrate separately. This sparks an idea that sets the tone for Paramount’s holiday film.
Daddy’s Home 2 brings back all of the original cast for the dad-driven holiday sequel and they are funnier than ever, especially since they add the dads dad’s. Be prepared to laugh out loud with or at Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Linda Cardellini, John Cena, John Lithgow & Mel Gibson in the sequel to the 2015 global smash hit Daddy’s Home. Father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces and take us on a Christmas experience with lots of twists and turns while giving their best effort to provide their kids with the perfect holiday celebration.
A Chat with Linda Cardellini
In a sit-down interview with Linda Cardellini, we had the opportunity to chat about the awesome cast, her real-life family traditions and co-parenting.
Q: When did you hear that there was going to be a sequel and what was your reaction?
Linda Cardellini: Originally I thought, there could never be a sequel to this movie. I mean how? Then I got a phone call from Sean Anders (writer/director) saying we’re thinking about doing a sequel and we’re going to introduce grandpa’s so there will be even more dads and Sara is going to have this thing with Karen where she feels like she’s always talking about her or writing about her. And then I got really excited!
Q: Sean mentioned that it was so much fun filming the movie.
LC: It was so much fun. I think it was one of my favorite shoots. Everyone treats me so nicely; everybody is so kind and fun. You have this thing that when you work on movies, a community crops up and everybody works really hard and really long hours and then the movie gets filmed, edited and released and you don’t work the same way with people again, so we were really lucky with the sequel to be able to do it again.
Q: What sort of traditions does your family have for the holidays?
LC: We’re coming up with new traditions. We’ve traveled a lot and before having kids the most important thing was making sure that I was home with my parents and carrying on those traditions that I’ve had for so many years. Now that I have my own daughter we are trying to invent things that we can take with us since we travel quite a bit. We’ve decided that no matter where we are if there is some kind of Christmas tree, whether it’s real or fake or if we have to cut it out of wrapping paper and put it on the door so that Santa can find us while we are on the road.
Q: I loved how you and Karen (Alessandra Ambrosio) weren’t fighting.
LC: That was very important to me that we (the moms) were not competing overlooks, or husbands or anything like that. I really wanted to make sure that it was about our kids. It was really about Sarah’s anxiety and wondering if she was a good parent and also the idea that you have to contend with different parenting styles. Karen thought it was ok for her daughter to have a little bit of alcoholic egg nogg and it was her (Sarah’s) nightmare. She’s not a bad person but her skill set is different from hers.
Q: Can you talk about being an ok mom or letting go of what others think?
LC: I think I’m still finding that as a parent. I’m a working mom so that is an interesting balance all the time. I had to work on Halloween and had to face time in between. But I felt it the worst. It’s hard to tell what’s hardest for me and what’s hardest on the child. Just when you think you have a handle on it, something throws you a curve ball and suddenly I know nothing again. For instance, “The Talk”, you think, before kids, that you will know exactly what to say and that you’re going to be different from your own parents and so open about and then when the time comes that it’s actually time to address certain things, it’s harder than you imagined. And I don’t think anyone has it all nailed down. That’s the good thing about school is that you are around other parents that it’s ok to say, how are you handling this certain situation. School is good for the kids and the parents. You can get ideas from one another.
Q: Daddy’s Home 2 is the only film to deal with the challenges of co-parenting from the dads point of view. What moments/messages did you find exceptional in the film.
LC: The first film was more about of having to get it together for the kids and by the second movie we realize that co-parenting amongst the dads is going really well. And then we’re all shocked when our daughter gets up there and says she hates to separate for the Christmas’s. That was a revelation for us as parents that we think everything is going along fine and maybe it’s not ok. So the “together Christmas” sounds like a great idea, even though it’s difficult we can do it, put everybody under the same roof.
Q: How did you all handle the underage drinking scene on the set?
LC: There was absolutely no underage drinking on the set. The kids who play Scralett, Owen and Dee Dee. Their parents were there and they are great. The kids are super sweet and really talented and professional. For the kids to be 8, 10 and 11 they were really hard workers.
Scarlett’s scene where she’s supposedly intoxicated was nervous. She didn’t know how to play those things necessarily because they had never been intoxicated before. That speaks to what great actors they are. Their parents were right there with them the entire time. During her line delivery Will was throwing improve lines at her and John Cena would say, now say this. She was so good at following their lead. She was very sweet.
I really enjoyed Daddy’s Home 2. The laughs were unexpected and the lessons were communicated well. Daddy’s Home 2 opens in theaters on November 10 and will surely laugh it’s way into our hearts and holiday season! A big thank you to Paramount Pictures for hosting me.
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