With the way how things are turning out in the world, people could use some wholesome family-friendly warmth. Disney+’s latest offering, Cheaper By The Dozen, does exactly that. Zach Braff and Gabrielle Union star in this iconic remake of a remake about a family with a dozen kids living through life. We briefly spoke with both Braff and Union about their roles as the heads of the family Paul and Zoey Baker, respectively, and asked how they approached the characters.
Braff drew inspiration from his own desires of being a whimsical fun dad one day:
It’s kind of the dad I wanna be one day. I’m not a father but I hope when I am, I’m fun and silly. I’m going on adventures with them, down on the ground and playing with them. He’s the dad I daydream of being one day. I’m an uncle to a bunch of nieces and nephews and I have so much fun with them and I bond so closely with them. So I just made Paul the dad I wanna be one day.
Union, on the other hand, drew inspiration from the film’s text on diversity and inclusion and approached Zoey as believable as possible.
Zoey is a lot more patient than I am. If I put too much into Zoey Baker, it’s a whole different movie [laughs]. She definitely would’ve handled all the racial situations way differently. For me, I wanted to make it as realistic as possible. And when you talk about blending families and you have different races and cultures and levels of ability, when you’re talking about the best neighborhood for your family, neighborhoods without diversity and inclusion probably aren’t the best for your family. That’s still something I’m unlearning and I’m trying to do better with. But it was really important to show the reality of moving through life with a blended family that is super diverse.