This past weekend Will Arnett and Katherine Heigl were all smiles at the L.A. premiere for their new animated 3D movie The Nut Job. The action-packed comedy is set in fictional Oakton and follows Surly – a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.
Celebrity Baby Scoop recently caught up with Arnett and Heigl during a Google Hangout to talk about their kids and the movie – opening in theaters nationwide on Friday, January 17th.
Tell us about work life balance. Is there such a thing when you’re a parent who works?
Will: “Anyone who’s a parent knows that it is a balance and that you’re always trying to find a way; I try to reverse engineer it, to look at what my family demands are and what my kids need and then kind of work backwards from there, and then retro fit everything into it. I feel very blessed when you get to work on something like this that doesn’t take you away from the kids. Anything that takes me away from my kids, I dislike. “
Did having kids impact your decision to take this role and how you played your character?
Will: “Yeah, it did for me. I also watch a lot of these animated films, and I’m a huge fan of a lot of it, there’s a lot of really good stuff out there, and it is important to me at this stage in my life to do stuff that I can share and enjoy with my kids and that they can watch. That’s much more important and now that’s what I kind of want to do. “
Katherine: “I just really wanted to do something that I could show my kids that we could watch together, and we watch movies every night, so hopefully we won’t have to watch this one over and over again. “
Are there any animated films you remember as favorites from when you were growing up?
Katherine: “The Little Mermaid. I have a 5 year old and a 1-½ year old. The little one is more of a tomboy but the bigger one is obsessed with princesses – to the point of exhaustion. “
Surly is a lovable, semi-crank of a squirrel but sometimes does the wrong things for the right reasons. How much of that character is you?
Will: “Wow! Well we all have mixed motives and I guess I never thought of Surly as a semi-crank, I’ve never even heard that expression. He’s not really grumpy; I would say selfish. But he does kind of end up doing the right thing at the end, which is great. There is a really nice message in there that he becomes a team player, does the right thing, and helps save the park with everyone else, and, well, I’ve never saved a park.