Jerry OÃ¢â¬â¢Connell is guest starring on Mistresses this season, a show that nobody watches or cares about. In any case, OÃ¢â¬â¢Connell plays a manny who falls in love with his psychotherapist boss. To promote the show, US Magazine asked OÃ¢â¬â¢Connell if he would ever hired a male nanny for his two daughters with wife Rebecca Romijn, twins Dolly and Charlie, 7 and a half, and he said HECK NO:
Ã¢â¬ÅIÃ¢â¬â¢m not sure if given the chance to hire myself as a manny in my family, I donÃ¢â¬â¢t think I would allow that to happen,Ã¢â¬Â the Crossing Jordan alum said. Ã¢â¬ÅIÃ¢â¬â¢m sorry if thatÃ¢â¬â¢s closed-minded of me. I just wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t allow that Ã¢â¬â I wouldnÃ¢â¬â¢t be comfortable with that. I would explain to my wife and to my children that I was not comfortable with a manny around.Ã¢â¬Â
OÃ¢â¬â¢Connell points out that it was an odd feeling to be the only cast member who had experience caring for children.
Ã¢â¬ÅIt is pretty shocking to me that IÃ¢â¬â¢m the only one who has kids on this cast, so literally everyone thought I was like Dr. [Benjamin] Spock,Ã¢â¬Â the Stand by Me actor said. Ã¢â¬ÅEveryone thought I was a baby expert.Ã¢â¬Â
Ã¢â¬ÅItÃ¢â¬â¢s funny Ã¢â¬â when youÃ¢â¬â¢re a parent, and you have kids, when you see a crying baby, you just go to it,Ã¢â¬Â he continued. Ã¢â¬ÅYou just do. IÃ¢â¬â¢m shocked IÃ¢â¬â¢m that person as well because before I had kids, I didnÃ¢â¬â¢t really care for them. [But] especially these little babies in showbiz, they are cute little babies. You canÃ¢â¬â¢t help! Feeding the baby again, it really made me want to have another one.Ã¢â¬Â
Okay, out of context what he said sounds pretty sexist, but relating it to his role/the context where he’s a nanny who seduces his boss, okay, I guess I get where he’s coming from. That being said he probably knew this quote was gonna go out of context, so maybe he should’ve thought a bit more before discounting a whole gender as decent caregivers….
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