Jerry O’Connell glad to split duties with Jim Belushi on “The Defenders”

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

HollywoodNews.com: Jerry O’Connell tells us he’s glad that he and Jim Belushi are able to “split the duties” on their Sept. 22-debuting “The Defenders” CBS series. “That sort of helps it,” he says, speaking of his hectic, chaotic work and family life.

O’Connell and wife Rebecca Romijn’s twin daughters, Dolly and Charlie, who turn two at year’s end, “really are cute, but they’re such a handful. They’re at that age where they wander off and you just always have to watch them. We’re looking into getting those leashes for them. Seriously,” he says. “They’re starting to fight with each other.

“My wife is great. My wife is with them all the time. I owe her a trip or a piece of jewelry,” adds the actor, who did Mr. Mom duty last year when Rebecca was in production with her short-lived “Eastwick” series. Helpfully, Charlie and Dolly “are going to sleep pretty early these days.”

It sounds like Jerry and Jim have already bonded on the show in which they play a rowdy pair of Las Vegas attorneys who are well-acquainted with the seedy side of life. “I’m learning a tremendous amount from Jim. He’s got those Second City improv roots, you know, and 10 years with ‘The World According to Jim.’ He’s such a creative guy, he bring so much to every scene, every day – really dramatic, funny and vulnerable,” Jerry says.

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