Will Arnett Uses Reverse Engineering for Work-Life Balance

Will Arnett and Katherine Heigl: The Nut JobThis last weekend I was able to use the miracle of modern technology and send in some questions to a press event for Open Road Film’s animated feature, The Nut Job. The film stars Will Arnett and Katherine Heigl as squirrels on a mission. I haven’t seen the film so I can’t speak to whether or not kids will dig it. Most of the reviews I have read seem to focus on amazement over the return of Psy and “Gangnam Style” as a pop culture device.

Whenever I get the opportunity to ask a busy working parent a question it usually revolves around the, “How are you making your life WORK?” genre. I ask this of working moms who always look put together on playdates and given the chance, I will ask it of a celebrity who has kids.

I really appreciated Will’s reaction and thoughtful response to my questions about managing work and parenting. He explained his approach to scheduling by saying: “I try to reverse engineer it — to try and look at what my family demands are and what my kids need and then kind of work backwards from there and then retrofit everything into it.” He continues with, “anything that takes me away from my kids I dislike.”

Then I fell in love with Katherine Heigl because as Will is talking about how much he doesn’t want to be away from his kids she quietly says, “I like it sometimes.”

Image Credit: Open Road Film & YouTube

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