You Can Learn A Lot About Life From Steve Carell's Characters

Need advice on love? Parenting? The iVillage Guest Editor has probably played a guy who can help you out

Though a happily married father of two, Steve Carell is reluctant to share his tips for a blissful home life -- but that's not because he's overly stingy with his secrets.

"I feel the same way about marriage advice as I do about giving parenting advice," the actor says. "It's so different for everyone, that there is no advice. The advice is to be fluid and flexible and embrace each challenge as it comes because it's different for everybody."

With that in mind, we've compiled some of our favorite moments when Carell -- or his characters, at least -- have offered more memorable advice. And even if they're not exactly words to live by, at least they're funny!

Cal Weaver, Crazy, Stupid Love

Though his wife (Julianne Moore) cheated on him and his son (Jonah Bobo) has given up on the idea of true love, Cal is willing to fight for his soul mate, and proves it during this endearing speech at his son's graduation.


Gru, Despicable Me

The super villain sets some ground rules for the three adorable orphan girls he has adopted. Actually, he could probably use some of Carell's parenting tips.


Michael Scott, The Office

Michael, the regional manager at Dunder Mifflin, liked to think of himself as the World's Best Boss. Or, as he said of his coworkers: "You know, for a lot of these people this is the only family they have. So, as far as I'm concerned, this [mug] says 'World's Best Dad.'"  

Amber Ray is iVillage’s Deputy Entertainment Editor. Find her on Google+, Twitter and Pinterest.

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