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