Case in point? The tears that emerge immediately when the actress starts to talk about the love she has for her 5½-year-old daughter Sadie Grace.
“I love my kid … more than I’ve ever known [is] possible,” the Married … with Childrenalum, 44, tells PEOPLE before getting emotional and fanning herself while exhaling loudly to regain her composure. “Like, humanly possible.
“It’s a spiritual thing,” she adds. “I really love her.”
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“I feel bad. There were times I didn’t treat my mom [actress and singer-songwriter Nancy Priddy] all that great,” Applegate, whose husband is Dutch musician Martyn LeNoble, admits. “I had no idea how much she loved me.”
“How it immediately right-sizes all of your problems,” the former Veronica Mars star, 36, continues. “Kathryn [Hahn]always says when you’re not with [your kids], it’s like missing a limb … that’s what it feels like.”
Applegate also has some advice for moms-to-be who are experiencing pregnancy for the first time — exercises that will make childbirth a little more bearable.
“Prepare the area for World War … ” she starts, before dissolving into laughter.
“Like I’d walk up to some pregnant lady and be like, ‘Take care of your vagina right now,’ ” she jokes to costar Annie Mumolo. “Oil that thing up. Squeeze it.”
— Jen Juneau