B&B’S Brady Bunch Con­nects On-screen

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■ This week, Wayne

Brady (Reese) and his real-life daugh­ter,

Maile Brady (Tif­fany), will share their first soap scene.

As the el­der Brady notes, act­ing with your child is not al­ways a har­mo­nious fam­ily af­fair. “As a par­ent, you al­ways want your child to be the best that they can be,” he states.

“We’re a hap­pily com­pet­i­tive house­hold, where we al­ways strive in aca­demics, or just in life. For all the foot­ball dads out there, I’m the drama dad. I’m giv­ing her line read­ings and she’s like, ‘Dad, I can do this.’ Then, I was like, ‘You’re right, Maile. You can.’ So, it has been a life les­son in try­ing to give her space.”

It was eas­ier said than done, how­ever, he ad­mits. “I ac­tu­ally had to catch my­self, be­cause I started to do the ‘Dad-ager’ thing, and started to give her notes,” he re­calls with a chuckle. “She had to check me, and it re­ally put me in my place. She sim­ply said, ‘Dad, you are my peer right now. We are on this show. You are not pro­duc­ing or di­rect­ing it, so it would be weird for me to take notes from you now.’ I just looked at her and said, ‘Maile, I apol­o­gize. You are ab­so­lutely cor­rect.’ I had to apol­o­gize to my fel­low ac­tor.”

But it didn’t take long for Brady to see his daugh­ter as a pro­fes­sional co­worker. “I learned that, ‘Hey, your dad can be a lit­tle en­thu­si­as­tic and maybe cross that bound­ary,’ and once we got that out of the way, it was smooth sail­ing,” he re­ports. “We high-fived each other af­ter, and we loved it.”

As for Maile, she was proud to be work­ing op­po­site her Emmy-win­ning dad. “Speak­ing on a non-per­sonal level, he is so tal­ented,” she beams. “That is def­i­nitely my hon­est, un­bi­ased opin­ion.”

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