Great Expectations Await Worst Week's Erinn Hayes
Life is imitating art for Worst Week star Erinn Hayes — hopefully not too much though. Hayes is pregnant on the show and in real life, but unlike her character, Mel, the actress doesn't have to worry about an accident-prone husband wreaking havoc everywhere he goes, especially not when a baby is about to be born. On the eve of Worst Week's finale — in which, yes, Mel does give birth — Hayes chatted with TVGuide.com about what mishaps to expect from Sam (Kyle Bornheimer), why she wants to get in on the stunt work and how she perfectly timed her on- and off-screen pregnancies. Worst Week airs Mondays at 9:30 pm/ET on CBS.
TVGuide.com: I understand Sam goes to the wrong hospital when you're in labor, but that can't be the only thing that goes wrong.
Erinn Hayes: No, that is not the only thing! The episode is titled "The Epidural," but that doesn't really, uh, apply to my character. [Laughs] I don't know how much I should be giving away! It's hard to talk about what goes wrong without ruining jokes and things. He does get beat up by a mail carrier and that's pretty funny! ... [There's also] something else that involves a cab and a trip down the street. From what I saw being filmed, I think it's really fantastic.
TVGuide.com: I'm afraid for Sam to hold the baby. Are you?
Hayes: [Laughs] Well, I think our show wouldn't necessarily put any children in danger! We're only gonna go so far. That's not necessarily funny. We had twins on set and then there's also a doll. They use the real baby when they need shots of them.
TVGuide.com: Mel's been very encouraging of Sam and confident of his abilities to be a dad. Do you think deep down she's worried about him?
Hayes: I think she's more worried about herself and how she's gonna be as a mom. She has total confidence in him. She knows that everything he does — all the mess-ups — are because he really, truly cares and wants to make her happy. I've been playing her in the way that she thinks he can do everything correctly. She believes in him, but I wouldn't say she's scared. But we'll see depending on what they write and hopefully in Season 2.
TVGuide.com: Where does she find this patience with him, especially being pregnant?
Hayes: I think there are little instances of her getting annoyed with him at some of the stuff, but I really does come back to her believing in him and her absolute trust that he is always coming from a place of love. As for her parents, now that I don't know. [Laughs] We've seen Nancy [Lenehan]'s character come to really care for him. She's funny and she sees the sweet side. But my dad I think finds the patience because he knows I love him.
TVGuide.com: What kind of parents will Sam and Mel be?
Hayes: I think they will both be wonderful parents and nervous parents. You know, this is their first baby. They've never done this before. Her sister has babies, but I can't imagine that she was all that hands-on with them, so I think there's a lot of room for comedy.
TVGuide.com: If you come back next season, what would you like to see?
Hayes: I'm always so surprised with the stuff they come up with. I have such faith in our writers and creator because I have such limited imagination myself. [Laughs] I read [the scripts] and I laugh so hard, so I really cannot speculate on what Season 2 would entail other than being parents, being grandparents. I'm excited because with my character not being pregnant, I can join in on the stunts. They're fun! But it's not fun to see a pregnant woman fall!
TVGuide.com: Is it true you purposely planned your pregnancy to coincide with Mel's?
Hayes: I did. My husband and I wanted a second child and I was trying to think like a responsible actress that here we are presented with this opportunity that we don't have to hide it on TV. The character was always gonna be a little farther ahead than I was going to be, so we just kinda jumped on this opportunity and everything worked out perfectly. We didn't know. It's such a weird thing to try to plan a baby around a TV season. There's a three-month or four-month window in the summertime to have a baby and hang out with it a little bit before hopefully going back to work, so we were just very lucky. I guess chemistry was on our side. [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: Mel and Sam didn't want to know the baby's gender. Do you know yours?
Hayes: No, we don't. We waited with my daughter and we're gonna wait with this one. There are so few good surprises in life. Although, with my daughter, I was so convinced that she was gonna be a boy that I was so surprised when she came out a girl. This one I really feel like it's gonna be a boy, so it's probably gonna be a girl, but we'll see. Last pregnancy, I tried [the old wives' tales tricks]. If you hold a ring over your belly and it spins one way [it tells you the gender], and it kept consistently spinning the boy way. Now, I don't believe in any of that stuff.
TVGuide.com: Would you be mad if your parents found out the sex behind your back like Mel's did?
Hayes: Yes! [Laughs] That is just ludicrous! I mean, Nancy was so funny with it. "A boy without a penis in the locker room would be so awful." But yeah, I would be livid!