Friday, November 21, 2014

Erica Rivera Interviews Jenny McCarthy


Q&A: Jenny McCarthy

Jenny McCarthy has had her fingers in a lot of pies. From penning New York Times bestsellers to posing for Playboy to starring in NBC sitcoms to co-hosting The View, McCarthy has maximized her outspoken, sexy brand in showbiz. Her latest venture is Dirty Sexy Funny, a radio show and comedy tour featuring an all-female lineup.

We spoke to the newly married 42-year-old MILF in anticipation of her stop at Treasure Lake Island Casino.

Q: You’ve taken several female comedians under your wing for the Dirty Sexy Funny tour. What inspired you to share the spotlight?

A: It all happened about three-and-a-half years ago when I went to a comedy club in L.A. for chick night. While I was sitting there laughing my butt off, I thought, “There are all these guy troupes. Where’s a troupe of women?” For three years, I went from club to club across the country and handpicked the funniest group of women. We did a special for Epix and it was very successful and rolled into radio, which I’m doing now, and we’ve been on tour for the past seven months. These girls are getting the attention they need. A lot of people make the mistake thinking that they can’t share a spotlight and I think the opposite. Everyone has a place for success; they just need help getting there.
                                                      
Q: What advice do you have for women who are trying to break into the boys’ club?

A: Stay true to you. The stories that I’ve heard from the women is that they don’t get the hot spots and they get sexually harassed. But what I tell them is what got them there is their point of view and not to let the boys scare them into changing that.

Q: You’re a no-holds-barred person. When is honesty not the best policy?

A: When it hurts someone personally. There are some things that are meant to be held back. In terms of standup comedy, the majority of the time, the girls are self-deprecating. They find a common topic and make fun of that. That’s the jewel of comedy. If it gets too personal, where you’re picking on people who can’t defend themselves, I think that’s a different story.

Q: The press has not always been kind to you. How do you cope with criticism?

A: I have been really into spirituality since I moved out to Los Angeles. It’s why I’ve managed to stay in this game. When I hear criticism, it’s usually coming from a place where people are feeling bad about themselves and they project it. I’ve been guilty of it myself. My philosophy is love yourself and you’ll love what you see. If you hate yourself, you’ll hate what you see. I try not to take anything personally and that’s saved my life.

Q: Your son Evan is 12 years old. What are you going to do when he starts Googling and finds unflattering things about you online?

A: I have protection on his devices, which won’t protect him forever, but it’s giving me time to instill self-worth and teach him what I’ve learned about criticism. He’s experiencing criticism in school. Bullies are everywhere. I taught him the philosophy that bullies have “yuckies” built up inside of them. They feel bad and want to pass the yuckies. They pass them by saying mean things and the only way you can catch the yuckies is if you believe the things they say to you. [I’ve taught him to ] feel empathetic, have compassion, walk away and let them fix their own yuckies. I’ve explained to him that Mommy has bullies also and he doesn’t see me taking on the yuckies.

Q: You wed Donny Wahlberg [of New Kids on the Block fame] in August. What has been the most surprising thing about marriage the second time around?

A: How much more at peace you are the second time around, mainly because it has to do with who you chose but also because you know who you are. A lot of people get married young and don’t have an identity yet and that’s what happened with me. I went with the philosophy of “I’m a Midwest girl. I need to be married and have a baby before 30,” not with the criteria of “I’m going to wait to find the right one.” I never thought I would get married again until I found my best friend, my best lover, my best reflection of who I am and want to be. He’s been a blessing in my life.

Q: Where you a New Kids on the Block fan back in the day?

A: I was a radio fan. I wouldn’t call myself a “blockhead.” Now that I’ve gone to 27 concerts, I feel like I missed out on their beginning years. They have such great messages and put on a great show. It’s not manufactured, it’s authentic. I’m no doubt a number one fan now.

Q: What is your favorite New Kids on the Block song?

A: Old-school, I’d say “Please Don’t Go Girl.”

Q: I heard you’re going to do a cookbook with your mother-in-law?

A: We haven’t even announced it or started working on it yet, but Alma, who I love dearly, always wants to share her stories and she loves to cook. Being that I’ve written ten books, I thought, “Why don’t we incorporate these emotional stories—you know, having nine kids—and create a cookbook?” My goal is by Mother’s Day of next year.

Q: How does she feel about your wild past and the Playboy spreads?

A: She has been the most open and wonderful mother-in-law and accepts me. Like any mom, her big thing is, “Does this person make my son happy?” and whenever we’re together, she’s glowing. 

Originally published on Vita.mn in Nov. 2014.