Entertainer Jerry O’Connell said a surefire way to be ostracized in Hollywood is to maintain a happy and healthy marriage.
Somehow that’s just no surprise given the fact that everyone’s suspicions that Hollywood was the New Sodom & Gomorrah were confirmed with the exploding sex scandal that started with Harvey Weinstein.
The actor who starred in “Stand By Me” and the television show “Sliders” recently sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel to talk about his career. The network asked him about his hosting role for the AKC National Championship Presented by Royal Canin — the largest dog show in North America — when his family life came up.
Mr. O’Connell, 43, said Hollywood friends treat his nearly 11-year marriage to actress Rebecca Romijn as a bizarre aberration.
Fox News: You and your wife have been married for 10 years. What’s your secret behind the lasting marriage?
O’Connell: Going on 11. I’m as shocked as you. And all of our Hollywood friends now just think we’re weird. Like, ‘Why are you guys still together? That’s not how it works.’ We’re like ostracized because we’ve been apparently together for too long.
Fox News: How do you balance having a high-profile career, all while being a hands-on parent?
O’Connell: My wife and I are pretty busy, but we try to make sure one of us is at home when the other one is working. Also, we have grandparents who are super helpful. And they also watch our dogs at home, our other children. I think the dogs are just as much work as the kids. But the grandparents love it.
The actor, who has two daughters with Ms. Romijn, joked that the secret to marriage is having plenty of children so both parents are afraid of getting stuck with them in a divorce.
“I don’t know [the secret to happy marriages]! Please don’t ask me,” he said. “That’s what Dr. Phil is for. But I don’t know, we have a really fun home. And it includes all of our dogs. And crazy dogs do keep our house fun. Even though I am sleeping on the dog bed. … My wife and I are pretty busy, but we try to make sure one of us is at home when the other one is working. Also, we have grandparents who are super helpful. And they also watch our dogs at home, our other children. I think the dogs are just as much work as the kids. But the grandparents love it.”
Mr Americana, Overpasses News Desk
January 1st, 2018
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