Ben McKenzie Admits There’s ‘More Screaming at Home’ With 2 Kids Than on ‘Gotham’ Set


Ben McKenzie Admits There’s ‘More Screaming at Home’ With 2 Kids Than on Set of ‘Gotham’
Benjamin McKenzie attends the 2019 FOX Winter TCA Tour at The Fig House on February 06, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

Could it be? Ben McKenzie may spend his days filming Fox’s Gotham, but the actor admitted that it’s actually louder hanging out with his two children than it is filming the show.

“Kids have a remarkable ability to not give two winks about [stress],” the actor, 40, told Us Weekly at Fox’s recent TCA press tour. “So as soon as I come home, it’s daddy time. … There’s more screaming at home than there is on set.”

The O.C. alum and his wife, Morena Baccarin, welcomed Frances, their first child together, in 2016 and tied the knot one year later. The Deadpool actress, 39, also shares a 5-year-old son with her ex-husband, Austin Chick.

So how is parenting going now that there are two little ones at home? “Even better,” McKenzie told Us. “It’s fantastic.”

This isn’t the first time the director gushed about fatherhood. In September 2017, he told Us Weekly exclusively, “I had no idea what it would be, but it is wonderful and constantly challenging. Yes, [I’m tired], but that’s alright!”

His wife told Us Weekly in June 2018 how they keep their romance alive is with date nights.

“You have to. The bond between you really has to be strong in order to survive the trials and tribulations of being a parent,” Baccarin said. “You have to have time for yourself. You become a better parent when you’re able to decompress and do things that you love as well.”

She added: “[Parenting] is just very humbling. It’s an experience that is about watching a human being become a person. It’s really incredible and it makes you see the world through their eyes and I wish we lived in that world.”

With reporting by Emily Longeretta

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