ET’s Courtney Tezeno spoke with the hilarious actor to discuss playing Pumba, the lovable warthog, as well as joining a truly star-studded cast that includes Donald Glover, Beyonce and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
“It’s thrilling!” he said at Netflix’s “Summer of Love” press day. “Its amazing for many reasons.”
“One is because I’m a big fan of The Lion King. Two is because it’s the most expensive movie I'll have anything to do with probably, so that’s thrilling," Seth continued. "Jon Favreau, the director, I’ve known since I was 18, is a very close friend of mine. So again, it’s always exciting to get to work with people that you know well. Yeah and we're good friends. Overall it's surreal. It will be weird when it comes out.”
And Seth isn’t the only one who’s ecstatic over playing a part in the African adventure. His wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, who was on hand to discuss her directorial debut, Netflix's Like Father, also couldn’t hide her excitement, even sharing how her husband got the big news.
“I mean, I'll be honest, there was some time when we would practice 'Hakuna Matata' together and I got to be Timon and it was amazing,” she said. “I will say I'm sure Billy Eichner (who plays the endearing meerkat) has a much better voice than I do, but I was so psyched! I mean, it didn’t take any convincing for me. He was like, 'I'm gonna be Pumba!' and I was like, 'This is the coolest thing ever!'”
Meanwhile, in Like Father, which Lauren also wrote, Kristen Bell’s character is left at the altar on her wedding day. And her absentee father, played by the venerable Kelsey Grammer, shows up unannounced at the ceremony. The two begin a night of heavy drinking that somehow ends with them boarding the cruise intended as her honeymoon, forcing them to address their troubled relationship.
Lauren naturally enlisted the help of her comedian hubby for a supporting role in the film.
“It’s something I've very used to,” he shared with a laugh about being directed by his wife. “So yeah. It was great! She’s a great director and it was easy, it was fun. It was exactly like all the other experiences that I’ve had working with great directors, which is it's easy and it's fun. You have confidence that they're taking what you're doing and are going to turn it into something that they want to be making.”
Lauren also spoke with ET about what she hopes viewers get out of the father-daughter tale. “I think they're going to laugh. I think they're going to cry," she said. "I think they're gonna have, hopefully, an emotional journey and, hopefully, they'll realize if they're going through something, they can also be happy and sad and feel their feelings and get to the other side of it.”
Like Father arrives on Netflix Aug. 3.
Seth Rogen: Then and now
Seth Rogen: Then and now
FREAKS AND GEEKS -- Season 1 Gallery -- Pictured: (l-r) Seth Rogen as Ken Miller, Jason Segel as Nick Andopolis, Linda Cardellini as Lindsay Weir, and James Franco as Daniel Desario -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
(EXCLUSIVE, Premium Rates Apply) David Krumholtz, Will Reiser and Seth Rogen (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 11: Actor Seth Rogen arrives at the premiere of Universal Studios 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' at Arclight Hollywood on August 11, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Seth Rogen poses at 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' photocall during the 31st American Deauville Film Festival. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale/Corbis via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 11: Actress Jane Lynch (L) and actor Seth Rogen arrive at the premiere of Universal Studios 'The 40 Year-Old Virgin' at Arclight Hollywood on August 11, 2005 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 10: Seth Rogen attends The Universal Pictures Premiere of Forgetting Sarah Marshall at Graumans Chinese Theatre on April 10, 2008 in Hollywood, CA. (Photo by ANDREAS BRANCH/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
Actor Seth Rogen and date Lauren at the world premiere of 'You, Me and Dupree' in Los Angeles. (Photo by Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05: Actor Seth Rogen arrives at GQ Celebrates 2007 'Men Of The Year' at the Chateau Marmont Hotel on December 5, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
DEAUVILLE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 02: Actor Seth Rogen poses at the photocall for the film 'Knocked up'during the 33rd Deauville American Film Festival on september 02, 2007 in Deauville, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 13: Writer/Producer Seth Rogen and Producer Judd Apatow attend the premiere of Superbad at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 13, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Shearer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - AUGUST 13: Producer Shauna Robertson, actors Emma Stone, Martha Macisaac, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jonah Hill, director Greg Motola, actors Michael Cera, Aviva, executive producer Seth Rogen and producer Judd Apatow arrive to the premiere of 'Superbad' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on August 13, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/FilmMagic)
SAN DIEGO - JULY 28: (L-R) Director/actor/producer Seth Rogen, Michael Cera and Jonah Hill arrives at the San Diego Comic Con 2007 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 28, 2007 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 3378 -- Pictured: Actress Jessica Alba and actor Seth Rogen during an interview on June 4, 2007 (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Seth Rogen on location filming 'Funny People' on November 20, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
TODAY -- Pictured: Seth Rogen appears on NBC News' 'Today' show -- (Photo by: Peter Kramer/NBC/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Seth Rogen and Lauren Miller arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'How Do You Know' at Regency Village Theatre on December 13, 2010 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Barry King/FilmMagic)
US actor, screenwriter and producer Seth Rogen poses for photographers during a photo-call for the movie 'Green Hornet' by French director Michel Gondry, in Berlin on December 3, 2010. The movie will be released in Germany on January 13, 2011. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - AUGUST 25: Actors Seth Rogen and Amy Poehler attend The Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco after party at Culver Studios on August 25, 2013 in Culver City, California. The Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco will air on September 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
CULVER CITY, CA - AUGUST 25: Actor Jonah Hill (L) and roast master Seth Rogen onstage during The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco at Culver Studios on August 25, 2013 in Culver City, California. The Comedy Central Roast Of James Franco will air on September 2 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Comedy Central)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 19: Actor Seth Rogen enters the 'Late Show With David Letterman' taping at the Ed Sullivan Theater on December 19, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25: Writers/directors Evan Goldberg (L) and Seth Rogen introduce the screening of Sony Pictures' 'The Interview' at Cinefamily on December 25, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Actor Seth Rogen attends the premiere of 'The Night Before' at The Theatre At The Ace Hotel on November 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
Cast members Seth Rogen (L) and Paul Rudd pose at the premiere for the movie "Sausage Party" in Los Angeles, California U.S., August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Cast member Seth Rogen poses at the premiere for the movie "Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising" in Los Angeles, U.S., May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 22: Executive producer Seth Rogen at Hulu's 'Future Man' Press Line duirng Comic-Con International 2017 at Hilton Bayfront on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 13: Executive Producer Seth Rogen attends Film Independent at LACMA's special screening of 'Preacher' at Bing Theatre At LACMA on July 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)