Megyn Price is something of a sitcom queen. She played a wife and mother on Grounded for Life for five successful seasons before giving birth (on-screen) in the finale and wrapping the series up with an end that was really just a new beginning. Now her recent sitcom, Rules of Engagement on CBS, is in its own fifth season—and once again Price finds herself playing a character that may be having a baby any day now. But perhaps oddly for the real-life mother of a toddler named Gracie (who she insists was not named after her on-screen new baby in that former comedy), she is hoping the baby doesn’t come any time soon.
“I don’t want to have a baby on a sitcom!” Price said with her usually candid chuckle during a set visit in Los Angeles. “I’ve never seen a baby really work on TV. Although, we had a fake baby here last week for a dream sequence. It had, like, limbs that moved; it was twenty-one hundred bucks to rent. It was a real-ish baby. Patrick [Warburton] kept going ‘Oh she’s going to be super bummed out; she’s going to be super bummed out.’ And I came out and was like ‘What’s going on?’ And I saw it and I was super bummed out!”
Price admitted that once there is a baby in the mix “you can’t really go as far” where situations are concerned. “Someone has to turn maternal or at least into a responsible adult or it becomes a bit reprehensible. I don’t really want to go there,” she shrugged.
Since Price and Warburton’s characters are exploring both fertility and adoption options, there is a good chance they won’t be getting a child anytime soon anyway. Both of those processes are long and arduous and still can end up not happening in the end. Price is enjoying the ride in the meantime, though.
“I think the journey of it is really fun. I think they managed to find the funny in something that is really arduous and painful. Fertility is [a touchy subject],” she explained.
Instead, though Price would like to see a storyline where her character has a sexual dream about Russell [David Spade] and gets so freaked out by it she confides in Jennifer [Bianca Kajlich]. “And then she finds it hilarious, so she tells Adam [Oliver Hudson], who tells Russell, who tells Jeff…it’s something I’ve pitched about twelve times but they’re not biting. I don’t know why!” She laughed.
LA TV Insider Examiner didn’t have the heart to bring up the fact that it could just be because we’ve seen it in quite a few other sitcoms already.
In the meantime, Price is having a lot of fun working on the show with her usual cast who has become like an extended family, as well as a handful of guest stars, like Jaime Pressly who may or may not end up being Jeff and Audrey’s surrogate.
“We have so much fun! Some people have boring jobs that they don’t like, and I feel bad for them,” she laughed. “But we have so much fun. I have no skin left on the inside of this cheek because I have to chew off my own flesh to keep from laughing inside the scene.”
And that fun extends over to the guest cast, too, especially where Price is concerned: “I always feel like my responsibility is to make everyone feel comfortable because it can be scary. I’ve actually only guest starred once in my whole life, and it was on Will & Grace, and that was a great one to guest star on. They were so sweet to me, and I realized from the guest star side you really feel like a total outsider. To us it seems so normal and comfortable to come to work, and we’re very low-key, but to an outsider coming in, it could be weird. So I’m always the one going ‘Hey, let’s go out to lunch!’ ‘Hey, let’s hang out in my room’!”
It is reasons like that that so many not only want to work on Rules of Engagement but also watch it. If you haven’t already, you should start tonight when the all-new fifth season premieres on CBS at 8:30pm. But first, maybe check out what David Spade and Adhir Kaylan had to say about their respective love lives on the new season!