Even if you didn’t watch the CBS show “The Good Wife,” you may have heard the hoopla surrounding its 2014 plot twist. Without warning, the television series killed off a lead character, the lawyer Will Gardner, midseason, midseries. In real life, Josh Charles, the actor who played Will, is alive and well. He lives in Greenwich Village with his wife, Sophie Flack, a founder of the nonprofit Project Incredible, and their 2-year-old son. You can see Mr. Charles, 45, in Annie Baker’s new play, “The Antipodes,” at the Signature Theater, as well as in the film “Norman,” which opened on Friday.
WAFTING AROMAS It’s about 7:30. I wake up and cook breakfast. I make waffles or pancakes, or I’ve made a slow-cook oatmeal the night before. You just take the steel-cut oats and you put them in a slow-cooker with a few different things — cinnamon, maple syrup, a little bit of vanilla bean. It’s a nice way to wake up. The house smells like cinnamon.
SPLASHES AND STORIES I’ll take my son to his swim class. He’s learning to feel comfortable in the water, blowing bubbles, ducking his head under, sort of diving into your arms. It’s a really nice experience. Getting him in and out of the trunks is probably the hardest part. We may go to the Strand. They have story times. I think the Strand is the greatest bookstore in the history of bookstores. Such a great staff, such a great variety of books.
SINGALONG We have a dog, Zeus. I walk him. I also bike ride. My kid loves going on the bike. I have a seat in the back. We go on the West Side Highway, around the financial district, come up the East Side and check out all the ferries and boats and helicopters. We sing songs together. We sing a Tribe Called Quest song called “Scenario.” It goes, “Here we go, yo, here we go, yo/ So what, so what, so what’s the scenario?” He always messes up the lyrics, but it’s really cute.
LAZINESS We go home, get him set up for nap. Maybe I’ll be reading. Most of the ways I get my news is through Twitter. When his nap times out during football season, I can lay in bed and watch my Ravens play, just zone out. That’s great — gives Daddy a few hours to recharge. I like to relax on Sundays. I like the laziness of it. We don’t feel like we have to pack in every single moment.
STRUMMING Sometimes I just like playing guitar with my kid. I’m a lefty, so I have these old Gibson guitars. They’re very rare because they’re hard to find — factory lefty guitars. I like playing blues music. While I was living out in L.A., I started picking it up and I found a great teacher. I Skype with him sometimes and we do lessons that way. My son likes music. We have a lot of old records. We play him this Johnny Cash song, “Little Green Fountain.” “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad” is probably his favorite. He sings it real well.
DAD PEP TALK The play will mean an adjustment to our normal Sunday rituals. I don’t have a classic 9-to-5 job, so I get to spend a lot of time with my kid during the week. Then there’s times where I’m gone and out of town and suddenly just not there for a few weeks. Now I’m doing a play where I’m busy. What I have to always remind myself is there’s a trade-off. I’m probably available a lot more than a lot of dads.
PIES FOR DINNER Our Sunday ritual is to have an early dinner with our friends Matt and Christina and their two kids. We either go to Otto or Ribalta, two great pizza places. At Otto there’s a pizza they make without cheese, which I know sounds kind of crazy but it’s so good — with marinara sauce. It’s got jalapeños in it, with sliced garlic. At Ribalta I’ll get a classic cheese.
NIGHT OWL There’s a quick bath, then read stories, then we’re in bed. I’ll watch CNN or MSNBC, “Frontline” or John Oliver — he’s pretty great and a good guy, too. My wife usually goes to bed before me. Eleven to 1 in my house is kind of a nice time. I like it when the house is quiet. I can just be working on my script, I can put my headphones on and I can watch a little something. It’s time for me to just check in with myself a little bit. I like to stay up. I’m a bit of a night owl.