'Baby Daddy' star Jean-Luc Bilodeau on how being a father changes everything
Ben, who lives with his pro hockey player brother Danny ( Derek Theler) and his BFF Tucker ( Tahj Mowry), says that the dynamic with baby Emma in the mix is certainly different.
"It goes from just hanging out with your best friend every day and doing your regular routine and teasing your brother, that has changed into a more sophisticated relationship," Bilodeau says. "Ben relies on them to take care of his baby every once in a while. They respect him enough to help him out, and that's a pretty big thing to ask of two young men. I think that their relationship has grown even more since the baby's come along just because they have to step up to the plate as well."
Besides, Emma is not only the most adorable baby ever, she's also useful. "Emma helps all the guys get girls," he says with a laugh. "It's not their responsibility, but they want it to be because they love Ben and they know that he can do this if he has a little bit of help. I think they both like the baby; they like being dads, kind of."
Ben's relationship with Danny and Tucker has grown, but he's grown as well -- to an extent. "What's great about Ben is that he's still the same guy. He's always been a generous, nice guy and the baby's just brought that out in him more. So I don't think he's changed that much, he's just a little bit more responsible."
That manifests itself in many ways. Most importantly (to a twentysomething dude like Ben, anyway), he has to care more about the kind of girls he brings home. "He's got to pick and choose who he dates because he's got a baby, and they have to be cool with that. In the next episode, he dates a girl who Riley doesn't like, and of course Riley takes that frustration out of her in a funny way."
Speaking of Riley ( Chelsea Kane), although she's hopelessly in love with Ben, it doesn't seem like he'll catch on any time soon.
"He's pretty clueless throughout the whole show," Bilodeau says. "He doesn't really get any less clueless. He sort of starts feeling her attraction to him, but he's still watching from the outside. He's not really into it yet. I think one day he'll figure it out and hopefully it's not too late. Hopefully Riley hasn't moved on to Danny yet."
Oh yes, Danny is still very much into Riley, and it sounds like something actually might happen on that front.
"Danny is in love, I guess, with Riley. He really likes her. He's a good-looking dude. His character is kind of stupid, but he's a genuine guy and I think that any girl would fall for him. We'll see!"
"Baby Daddy" airs Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on ABC Family.