Being a dad is hard. But being a dad of a teenage girl who’s starting to be interested in boys is even harder. That’s something that Adam Sandler is quickly finding out with his 12-year-old daughter, Sadie.
On Friday’s airing of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the comedian was telling host Ellen DeGeneres about Sadie’s upcoming bat mitzvah. “Is that dating yet, 12 or 13?” she asked Sandler.
“You know, I drive around with [Sadie and] her friends and I hear them talking about boys now… it’s amazing, the feelings I had about the same boys five years ago,” the 52-year-old said, adding that, “When they would mention the kid’s name, I’d be like, ‘I love that kid.'”
But as Sadie has gotten older, Sandler’s reaction to those boys has changed. “Now, I get very jumpy,” he explained. “They’ve got little tiny mustaches and they’re all a little tall and their bodies aren’t making much sense.”
He went on to describe, “I see them make eye contact with my kid—it’s very weird to see your kid lock eyes with a boy while they’re talking,” joking that he’s like, “‘Whoa, you lock with Daddy’s eyes.'”
DeGeneres was quick to point out that Sandler’s statement was a little creepy, to which he good-humoredly responded, “You’re right, that is gross. Not lock, I just say ‘Engage with Daddy.'”
Sandler, who also has 10-year-old daughter Sunny with wife Jackie, has previously admitted to being a worrier when it comes to his girls. “You’re always nervous because you want your kid to be happy,” he told HuffPost. “Now, I understand why my folks were always saying, ‘Be nice and be safe. Make sure everyone in the family is OK. That’s the most important thing.’ Making sure everyone in the family is OK is the most important thing.”