Jerry O'Connell on His New Fall Comedy: 'I Have to Wear a Speedo'
"We Are Men"
Tonight Jerry O'Connell suits up to cop a feel of his wife and baby mama Rebecca Romijn on "King & Maxwell." And you will get a lot more O'Connell come fall when his sitcom "We Are Men" debuts on CBS. A lot more as in ... he wears a Speedo. A lot. Jerry says that his wife will probably make an appearance: "She owes me. I flew to Vancouver; all she has to do is drive 25 minutes!"We talked "We Are Men," parenting, "Stand by Me," and law school.
We got a clip from "King & Maxwell" of you frisking Rebecca. Did you improvise that banter?
The fact that I got to frisk her was great. OK, I got to feel her up. I got to touch her in places that I'm normally not allowed to touch as a husband. It was a fun scene and I think it was helpful that I'm Rebecca's husband, because I know if I had to do that to another actress, I would have said, "OK, I'm gonna poke you, I hope you're OK with this," and even I would have pulled back a little for fear that human resources would have been knocking on my door. We had fun. It was also fun because my wife is shooting on location in Canada and I got to bring the girls up. It was a good excuse for all of us to get together.
You must miss her.
It's tough because we have two girls, so when Mommy's not around, their hair looked a hot mess. They were wearing jeans and sneakers every day. You know, I just have a brother. I'm slowly learning, but my feminine side is lacking. But Mom comes home and they're back in dresses and all is well.
When we had our kids, she took a long break from work and was sort of content with staying home. I don't want to say I encouraged her to go back, but I mean, we really encourage each other to get out there. I encouraged her to start working again. When I came into our relationship, Rebecca was working a lot. I don't want to see her stop that because we have two kids. I'm able to handle these two. It's a lot, but I can do it.
That's a great message for all the husbands out there.
Listen, I'm awful in comparison to my wife. My wife is very good at making sure they do crafts, and learning how to cook and play outside and play with wooden toys and sticks, and I just turn the TV on. I'm the worst. When it comes to dinnertime, we have a choice between four drive-thrus.