Baby Daddy actor Jean-Luc Bilodeau DA MAN Magazine feature.How do you prepare for this role? Prior to season one of ‘Baby Daddy,’ I had never picked up a baby. I loved not knowing because it made Ben’s transition into fatherhood so organic.
There are early scenes of Ben struggling to comfort the baby, and realistically I was also struggling to comfort her. So my preparation was minimal, but it made the whole thing more real.
What kind of dad would you be? I’ll be as cool as my dad was with me. He let us make mistakes, and as long as we learned from them, we were okay. I hardly got spanked, grounded or punished at all, but I had respect for my parents, and that’s worth way more than just following their rules. I want my kids to be comfortable around me at all times and not afraid to tell me anything.
Are you, Taj Mowry and Derek Theler also close outside of work?
Very close. So close that me and Derek actually live together now. I feel like our real chemistry is why people enjoy watching our show. It’s uncommon for a cast to work this closely week-to-week and still love each other. Our friendships will last much longer than the run of ‘Baby Daddy.’
The show has a strange love triangle between your character Ben, Riley and Danny. How would you handle a love triangle in real life? I’d just wait it out. I don’t like to fight for a girl. If she likes me and I like her, game on. If she has feelings for someone else, I’m not interested. I guess I’m old-fashioned that way.
Do you have a good chemistry with the actresses who play your daughter? Working with the girls is great. We re-cast Emma every season to keep her young, so the first few episodes working with new babies are always a little nerve-racking. But they don’t fuss too much, and I don’t have to change diapers or put them to bed… So, for that I am thankful.
What can we expect from season three of ‘Baby Daddy’? We pick up right where we left off in season two. The baby mama comes into the picture literally right after Riley and I share our first kiss. Ben is forced to entertain the idea of getting back together with Emma’s mom, which halts Ben and Riley’s progress. Along with our usual antics, Emma is beginning to walk and talk, so new unique challenges are presented.
You were a dancer before you were an actor. What genre of dance were you studying? I was a hip-hop dancer for nearly ten years, along with a few years in tap. I still love dancing. It’ll always be a big part of me. Actually, one of my 2014 resolutions is to get back into dance.