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Alyson Hannigan on Parent & Child: "I Hated Being an Only Child"

Alison Hannigan

Alison Hannigan

Alyson Hannigan is on the cover of Parent & Child and talks about her two-year-old daughter and her own childhood in an interview.

She won a People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Comedy Actress last year for her role as Lily on the hit show How I Met Your Mother.

At home, she and hubby Alexis Denisof also use humor when it comes to parenting their two-year-old daughter Satyana (“Sati”).

“You never know what’s going to get a big laugh from Sati,” Hannigan said. “But when something works, it’s a great payoff.”

Sati is following in the footsteps of her funny mom.

“Sati is hilarious all the time. She has a great sense of humor. She knows she’s funny, too. Like whenever she does something cute, she gets this smile on her face and announces, ‘Funny baby!'”

What makes Sati laugh?  “If she’s in a giggly mood, and she often is, just the word “twig” can have her going for 15 minutes”

Hannigan grew up an only child in Atlanta, GA, and later, in Los Angeles, CA.

“I hated being an only child because it was lonely and boring. But it also helped my imagination, because I had to entertain myself. Whenever I got in trouble, I always knew that if I could make my mom laugh, it would be better for me — it was a way to ease problems. My dad was very funny. I have memories of driving in the car with him and I would say, “OK, Daddy, be funny.” And he would crack me up on command.”

To read the rest of the interview, click here.

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