Jerry O’Connell is guest starring on Mistresses this season, a show that nobody watches or cares about. In any case, O’Connell plays a manny who falls in love with his psychotherapist boss. To promote the show, US Magazine asked O’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:
“I’m not sure if given the chance to hire myself as a manny in my family, I don’t think I would allow that to happen,” the Crossing Jordan alum said. “I’m sorry if that’s closed-minded of me. I just wouldn’t allow that — I wouldn’t be comfortable with that. I would explain to my wife and to my children that I was not comfortable with a manny around.”
O’Connell points out that it was an odd feeling to be the only cast member who had experience caring for children.
“It is pretty shocking to me that I’m the only one who has kids on this cast, so literally everyone thought I was like Dr. [Benjamin] Spock,” the Stand by Me actor said. “Everyone thought I was a baby expert.”
“It’s funny — when you’re a parent, and you have kids, when you see a crying baby, you just go to it,” he continued. “You just do. I’m shocked I’m that person as well because before I had kids, I didn’t really care for them. [But] especially these little babies in showbiz, they are cute little babies. You can’t help! Feeding the baby again, it really made me want to have another one.”
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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