If rising Broadway star Lilli Cooper needs a bit of career advice, she knows where to turn: Her father has been there, seen that and done that.

Cooper, who earned her first Tony Award nomination this month in “Tootsie,” is the daughter of Chuck Cooper, the Tony-winning actor of 15 Broadway shows.

The chances that anyone makes it on Broadway are small. The chances that an offspring makes it as well are smaller still. The Coopers recognize this.

This April 12, 2019 photo shows actress Lilli Cooper posing for a portrait with her father, actor Chuck Cooper in New York. Lilli Cooper earned her first Tony Award nomination for her role in “Tootsie.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
This April 12, 2019 photo shows actress Lilli Cooper posing for a portrait with her father, actor Chuck Cooper in New York. Lilli Cooper earned her first Tony Award nomination for her role in “Tootsie.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Says Lilli: “We’re constantly pinching ourselves.”

Growing up with a dad whose job wasn’t the traditional 9-to-5 wasn’t always easy, and the three Cooper children witnessed not only the attention their dad got in a big Broadway show but also the months of unemployment.

This April 12, 2019 photo shows actress Lilli Cooper posing for a portrait in New York. Cooper earned her first Tony Award nomination for her role in “Tootsie.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
This April 12, 2019 photo shows actress Lilli Cooper posing for a portrait in New York. Cooper earned her first Tony Award nomination for her role in “Tootsie.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
This April 12, 2019 photo shows actress Lilli Cooper posing for a portrait with her father, actor Chuck Cooper in New York. Lilli Cooper earned her first Tony Award nomination for her role in “Tootsie.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
This April 12, 2019 photo shows actress Lilli Cooper posing for a portrait with her father, actor Chuck Cooper in New York. Lilli Cooper earned her first Tony Award nomination for her role in “Tootsie.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
This April 12, 2019 photo shows actress Lilli Cooper posing for a portrait in New York. Cooper earned her first Tony Award nomination for her role in “Tootsie.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
This April 12, 2019 photo shows actress Lilli Cooper posing for a portrait in New York. Cooper earned her first Tony Award nomination for her role in “Tootsie.” (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Tony-winner Chuck Cooper, currently on stage in
Tony-winner Chuck Cooper, currently on stage in “Choir Boy,” cheers on his Tony-nominee daughter, Lilli, recognized for her work in “Tootsie.” This is the third time they’ve been on Broadway in the same season. (May 28)

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