Known for his roles in What We Do in the Shadows and Eagle vs Shark, Cori brought his satirical style to the character of school caretaker and concerned parent Freddy, first seen in season one.
When it came time to casting a daughter for Freddy, the show’s creator Amanda Alison didn’t consider any other options.
Cori says performing came easily to the youngster, adding that most a lot of the time she would forget she was on camera.
“She literally improvised everything – but I think that works sometimes,” he told Newshub.
The chance to have his daughter feature alongside a strong female cast and production crew “run by women” meant a lot to the 38-year-old, grateful that Mean Mums will forever be a piece of work the father-daughter-duo shared.
“Even if she never does anything again or she wants to be a vet or whatever, we’ll always have footage of this,” he says.
The doting dad says he mimics his own “hands-on” parenting style on-screen, which he admits at times can be a little over the top.
“My character is a bit of a psycho, and I’m a psycho too… but not as bad.”