There’s no greater thrill as a parent than getting to work with your kids.
On April 11, longtime TV star Dylan McDermott is gets to work with his daughter, Colette McDermott, when she joins FBI: Most Wanted. The younger McDermott will play Carly Cassidy, a college student with ties to the task force’s latest case.
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Here’s a brief synopsis of the episode: In “The Miseducation of Metcalf 2,” Dylan’s character, Remy Scott, and the Most Wanted team search for two missing coeds. Carly’s older brother becomes involved in a homicide that occurred in their dorm room.
Some grim subject matter, yes, but Dylan said he found working with his daughter a joy.
“She is in many ways who I want to be when I grow up,” Dylan, 61, tells PEOPLE. “She got the whole package. She’s a beautiful, loving, caring, sensitive, compassionate person. And I’m just so deeply proud of her. And the fact now that we get to be on this show together? Because [with] your kids, one minute you’re holding them in your arms, and the next minute they’re on screen with you — it’s just surreal.”
Colette said she’s “learned a lot from her dad,” but filming with him was a new experience. Luckily, she started filming the episode before him, meaning she got to get used to her character before needing to act opposite Dylan.
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When the big moment arrived, both dad and daughter had to keep themselves composed. “We definitely had a moment where we couldn’t stop laughing, so we had to get past that in a rehearsal,” Colette, 26, laughed with a smile.
Dylan says Colette “got to be her own person and act in scenes that I wasn’t in [because of the scheduling]. She already knew everybody, and then we were able to do a scene together without her being nervous. I think she’s great in this episode. I think it’s a wonderful showcase for her. It’s time for her to take over the family business. And not only is my daughter in it, my dog [Otis] also makes a brief appearance.”
Working with family was especially meaningful for Colette, too. She said her relationship with Dylan has matured over the years.
“I really enjoy our friendship. I feel like we have a mutual respect for each other. It’s so cool. We’re able to really talk like friends a lot of the time. I’m really grateful for that,” she says.
As for how she and dad are similar, Colette said that they both share a passion for understanding their worlds around them.
“I think we’re both deeply emotional people, and I think, being an empath, really helps connect to different scenarios and stories,” she notes. “I definitely see that in him and I think I share his sensitivity.”