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Joshua Jackson Talks About The Stress Of Becoming A Dad During The COVID-19 Pandemic

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By Lynne Versluys
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Expecting His First Child During A Pandemic

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Joshua Jackson, star of Dawson's Creek and The Affair, is expecting his first child with his wife, model and Queen & Slim actress Jodie Turner-Smith.

Their daughter is due at the end of March, and Jackson said in an interview with BuzzFeed News' AM to DM that becoming a dad for the first time during a pandemic is a bit stress inducing. The couple is wisely practicing social distancing while COVID-19 continues to spread.

"The only times we are really out of the house are to get food or go for a walk around the block."

High Levels Of Anxiety

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Many soon-to-be parents are stressed out already, but the rapid spread of coronavirus adds a whole new level of anxiety. Jackson said:

"We were kind of social distancing anyway, just getting into the nesting phase. The only real difficult part right now is how to interface with the medical community. Obviously, we have to and we are just trying to take that one day by day, to try to figure out what the best and healthiest way is."

Truly, fatherhood and the impending apocalypse is a potent mix of stress.

"I've never been a parent before, so I'm not quite sure how much of this is just first-baby anxiety and how much of this is pandemic anxiety. Yeah, man, it's stressful. This is a lot to deal with."

It All Comes Down To Politics

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Jackson also shared the fact that his brother is a doctor in a New York City emergency room, putting him in the thick of the worst outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States.

"I think about him a lot, being in a hospital all the time."

Jackson also doesn't shy away from getting political, seeing this societal chaos as a failure of the current administration.

"If ever there was proof of elections have consequences, we're living with it right now. I mean, if you hire incompetent people to do an important job, you're probably going to get bad results, and we're all living inside of the bad results right now."

Advice From Co-Stars

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In terms of asking for parenting tips, Jackson had tons of questions for his Little Fires Everywhere co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington.

"In the very beginning, I was like, 'Who did I go to as an OB? What are the things I need to know now?' But also as it got a little bit deeper into it, just like how do you integrate your home life?

I have always kept my personal life and my work life pretty separate, but I don't think I want to do that going forward because I want to obviously have my child around when I'm at work, and just asking them how they integrate those two things and how they create an environment inside a set environment that's a healthy place for a kid to be, because it's often not."

Ultimately, Witherspoon and Washington helped ease a lot of fears, at least about parenthood.

"Like, 'Holy Moses! This is happening!" he said. "And them just both being like, 'It's ok! This is normal! It's alright. Just breathe. You're going to be good.'"

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