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Sean Anders is responsible for blockbuster comedies like Daddy’s Home, Daddy’s Home 2, We’re The Millers, and Dumb and Dumber To. Now he’s back with his most personal film to date. Instant Family Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne and it’s based on his family’s experience adopting three foster children.

We spoke with Sean about his experience with adoption (true story: the idea of adopting started as a joke) and his decision behind writing a comedy about his family.

“It wasn’t hard at all,” he told us. “I mean, you have to pay the subject matter the proper reverence, but when you have three people in your house you don’t know, and they don’t know you, and you’re supposed to beehive like a family, it’s awkward and strange for everyone involved. It can be frustrating and difficult, but it’s also very funny.”

He also talked about his family’s reaction to the film, adopting kids of a different ethnicity, and why he decided to cast Walhberg as himself.

If you’re interested in learning more about adoption, please visit the Heartbeat International website.