With two television series and two sets of twins keeping him busy, actor Coby Bell doesn’t have much down time… not that he’s complaining. The 36-year-old star of The Game and Burn Notice explains why balancing family and work is “challenging, but it’s the best thing in the world.”
On his favorite things about Daddy duty: “I guess just being with them. Whatever it is that they’re doing or whatever it is that they want to do—you know, taking them to volleyball, piano or dance or picking them up from pre-school… just all that day-to-day stuff. What’s really cool is we just have fun as a family. We really enjoy just hanging out together and every Sunday before I have to go back to the airport, my wife gets to sleep in and I take the kids to Long Beach to this restaurant we’ve been going to for the past two years. And every time they have our table ready for us, it’s like this nice little tradition we got going.”
On juggling work and family: “It’s challenging, but it’s the best thing in the world. The traveling, the long hours; everything I do is for my kids. But when I got these jobs out of town, I said the only way I can do this is if I go home every weekend. There’s no way I can go more than five days without seeing them or being with them. [And] once The Game is done, I’m going to have two or three months just being home and just being dad before I have to go back to Burn Notice. I’m not saying that it’s easy but being a father is just the best thing in the world.”
On his work with Big Brothers: “I was on my first series regular gig, L.A. Doctors (1998-99), and I was just a nurse on the show. So I only came in for work one or two days a week, I had all this spare time, so I figured I might as well help out a little bit. That’s when I became a Big Brother. He’s 23 now and we haven’t been officially part of the program for years because at a certain point they’re like, If you’re obligation’s over and you want to keep hanging that’s cool.” We’re like family now so he’s always going to be part of my life.”
Coby and his wife Aviss are parents to Serrae and Jaena, 8, and Quinn and Eli, 3.