Jeffrey Dean Morgan Jokes He’d ‘Rather Deal With a Zombie’ Than He and Wife Hilarie Burton’s Teething Daughter

Jeffrey Dean Morgan arrives at the Premiere Of AMC's "The Walking Dead" Season 9 at DGA Theater on September 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Steve Granitz/WireImage

Being a parent isn’t an easy feat — even when you’re not with yuour child. Jeffrey Dean Morgan spoke candidly to Us Weekly about being away from his 7-month-old daughter and revealed how wife Hilarie Burton keeps him in the loop.

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Hilarie Burton and Jeffrey Dean Morgan arrive at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

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“Well my family isn’t with me,” the Walking Dead star, 52, told Us at the season 9 premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday, September 27, when asked how he functions on the job with a little one. “My oldest son is in school so my family is in New York. So I’m not having to deal with the teething situation right now like my wife is.”

The actor continued with a nod to the zombie-based show: “I get to hear the phone calls and hear all about it, which keeps me up at night. So intense scenes without sleep is nothing new on The Walking Dead.”

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Through laughter, Morgan quipped to Us that he, “would rather deal with a zombie, a walker, [than a teething baby.]”

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The couple — who also share 8-year-old son Augustus. — welcomed their second child together in May. Morgan announced the arrival of their daughter in a sweet Twitter post at the time.

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Days later, Burton took to Instagram with a series of pictures to reveal the baby’s name. “Please meet George Virginia Morgan,” she wrote. “She was born February 16th. Her daddy delivered her. We love her very much.”

As for if the One Tree Hill alum, 36, is a fan of her husband’s role as Negan on the hit AMC TV series, Morgan notes, “I don’t know if she watches to be honest with you. I don’t know.”

The Washington native added that he thinks “she’s seen a couple [episodes,]” but she “usually goes to bed before the show airs.”

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