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Why Judd Apatow always hires his wife

Judd Apatow casts his wife in a surprising number of projects. Do the two just like working together? Or is there another reason?

Leslie Mann with Iris and Maud Apatow

The Internet Movie Database profiles of comedy kingpin Judd Apatow and wife Leslie Mann bear a suspicious similarity.

Seems that Mr. Apatow is fond of casting his wife in his projects such as Freaks and Geeks (where she played crush-worthy teacher Ms. Foote, who rushed Bill to the hospital after he ate peanuts) and Knocked Up (Katherine Heigl’s prim sister, who wanted to get into a club and couldn’t).

Mann is even the lead in Apatow’s latest, This Is 40, set for a Dec. 21 release. In This Is 40, Mann plays Debbie to husband Pete (Paul Rudd), a couple last seen in Knocked Up. Mann and Apatow’s two children, Maude and Iris, are both in This Is 40 as well.

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Does Apatow just love working with his family? Or is it the other way around? Mann explains in Marie Claire magazine’s December 2012 story on the couple.

“It’s so nice to be able to have a say in things and Judd being open to collaborating because I’m very helpful in that area,” Mann told Marie Claire. “And that’s why working with him is so great, because I get to have a say in things where normally I wouldn’t.”

Apatow’s casting choices might be egregious and annoying if Mann didn’t have such a winning onscreen presence.

Remember her as Steve Carell’s be-hatted barfing would-be bar hookup in The 40-Year-Old Virgin? Those who watched the commentary for that film (written and directed by Apatow), learned that it was Mann who wanted to add pink yogurt to the fake vomit that she sprayed over Carell when he tried to drive her home.

That led to the immortal line, delivered straight-faced by Carell: “Did you by chance have a strawberry daiquiri? Yeah…I thought so.”

Ha! Now that’s collaboration!

It should be pointed out that li’l actresses Maude and Iris are charming in their own right. No wooden Sofia Coppolas these; the girls are able to deliver their lines naturally.

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Maude is also a Twitter star, recently profiled in the New York Times for having tens of thousands of rabid fans. Just saying. Apatow-Mann family, will you adopt me?

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