Funny Valentines, indeed! When Judd ApatowProduced the 1996 film The Cable Guy, he had no idea he’d be meeting the love of his life, Leslie Mann, during pre-production.
Or maybe he was aware deep down that something huge was about to happen.
“‘There goes the future Mrs. Apatow,’” the University of Southern California alum recalled himself saying, according to an interview the pair did with Elle Magazine2012. “I had a soul connection instantly. I meant it. That’s why I remember it.”
Though Mann had a crush on the film’s director, Ben StillerShe decided to let go of her casting call anxiety and see how things would pan out with Apatow.
“I was in a panic. Auditioning is so nerve-wracking,” the actress recalled.
Still, she agreed to join Apatow for a dinner date at his house before a basketball game, where the producer served “spaghetti with Ragu sauce and Wonder Bread with Fleischmann’s margarine” before showing the Freaks & GeeksHis favorite parts in 1995’s movie, “Alum,” is what he told him Heavyweights.
“He was trying to impress me,” Mann noted.
Apatow insists that he knew the feeling from the beginning, even though she said she was in love the day after the date.
The comedy duo got married shortly thereafter in Los Angeles, June 9, 1997. MaudeAnd IrisIn December 1997 and October 2002, respective. The girls have appeared in a handful of their parents’ movies, including Funny People, Knocked UpAnd This is 40, which proved to create an interesting — and hilarious — working dynamic.
“What I think was so great about Maude is she really could get in the head of what a teenage meltdown looks like, do it on film, kick ass — and then go home and have a real one, two hours later,” Apatow told Rolling StoneReminiscing on his eldest child’s turn in June 2020, he took a photo of his oldest child. This is 40.
When asked if he had concerns about his children entering show business, the King of Staten Island director joked, “There have been times when I thought, ‘Maybe if I talked about other professions all the time, my kids would have more interest in those professions.’ Like, if I always talked about international law, they’d want to be lawyers.”
Overall, however, Apatow and Mann are more than supportive of their daughters’ aspirations — but encouraged them to finish high school before getting too deep in the Hollywood world.
“I’m really glad that I ended up staying in high school,” Maude told the outlet. “I feel like when they let me start acting on my own, I was actually ready.”