Hollywood is a Family Business for Judd Apatow

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Hollywood is a Family Business for Judd Apatow

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Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann

For Judd Apatow, moviemaking is a family business. The director and producer of such popular comedies like "Knocked Up" and "Bridesmaids" regularly casts his wife, Leslie Mann, in prominent roles in his films.

Mann will again reprise her prominent role in another of her husband's films, the upcoming "This is 40." The film will co-star the couple's two children, Maude Apatow and Iris Apatow, along with frequent Apatow collaborator Paul Rudd.

"I was thinking about doing a movie about a family and this time of life," he told MTV News of why he cast the same bunch. "I was thinking about different actors I wanted to work with and one day it just hit me: 'Oh, I have this family already." Why would I construct a new one? I like them and I've always felt like people responded in a big way to Paul, Leslie, and Iris and Maude in 'Knocked Up.'"

Judd Apatow's Daughter Takes Over Twitter

Maude Apatow is only 14, but she's already a star on Twitter. How popular is she? Well, enough to get her very own New York Times profile. The burgeoning comedian has nearly 70,000 followers, thanks to her posts on everything from One Direction (she's a huge fan) to punching people at bar mitzvahs.

"It's just weird, because I don't know most people who tweet me, so it's kind of scary," she told the newspaper, "But it's nice."

The high schooler has parlayed her Twitter popularity into writing gigs for Teen Vogue and Zooey Deschanel's website HelloGiggles. Next step? We're assuming staff writer for a television show - or maybe even her own show.

Would she have all this attention without her famous dad? Probably not, but she seems more down-to-earth than other celebrity offspring.

Apatow and 'Girls'

There is one project Apatow is involved with that doesn't involve his family: The runaway hit HBO show "Girls." The Lena Dunham-penned show lists Apatow as a producer - and he's not afraid of showing his kids the show, awkward sex scenes and all.

"My older daughter, Maude, has been lucky enough to watch the rough cuts," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "She laughs, but her face goes alight with shock a fair amount of the time. There are some earmuff and blindfold moments."

She might be Twitter popular, but she's still a kid.

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