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Q&A: Rebecca Romijn Is the 'Town Slut', Cougar On ABC's 'Eastwick'

Fred Topel Fred Topel
September 21st, 2009 11:18am EDT
Rebecca RomijnThe love lives of Rebecca Romijn have always been big news. Her marriage to John Stamos gave her a hyphenated surname for a while, then their divorce brought speculation to the seemingly perfect couple. She remarried Jerry O'Connell in what was big news two years ago. Now they have twins, and she's a working mom.

ABC's Eastwick brings Romijn back to work on TV, playing the Cher role in a Witches of Eastwick TV series. Romijn already looks like a vampy sorceress only months after giving birth twice.

At a cocktail party for ABC shows, Romijn was happy to sit and chat with the press about all things Eastwick and motherhood. The show premieres September 23rd on ABC.

Tell us about your version of Roxie on the show.

Rebecca Romijn: It's based on the movie and the book. Roxie is a Bohemian artist with a 15-year-old daughter who lives just outside of town. She's the bohemian artist that lives outside of town and she's got a 15-year-old daughter. She starts having psychic visions, dreams that start coming true, dreams and nightmares that start coming true.

How do you think the town of Eastwick resonates today?

You know, it's a small town present day. It's a very sweet semi-sheltered place. It's as quaint as ever. It's a town where you see it, you see the images of it, it's the town you wished you lived in. It's beautiful, it's a beautiful place but everyone's all up in your business.

Are you more small town or a city girl?

I grew up in Berkeley which is a medium sized city, small city.

Have you tried your hand at any of the crafts Roxie does?

I'm a pretty crafty person so I've taken my fair share of pottery classes and painting. Yeah, I've definitely dabbled. I've dabbled.

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Do you find the New England town spooky?

No, I have a love affair with them. I think they're charming and gorgeous and I think they make a fantastic backdrop for a show like Eastwick.

A lot of movies start out in those New England towns.

They're very picaresque. They're beautiful.

Then something weird happens.

And then something weird happens, yeah. Because I think the dichotomy of such a beautiful, quaint, safe place where all of a sudden that safety is disrupted is everyone's worst nightmare.

Are you a sci-fi/fantasy fan? Do you usually read or watch fantasy?

Yeah, yup. Always have been.

How have you enjoyed working with all your female costars?

Great. Our dynamic is a dream come true. Lindsay and I actually, I'm lucky enough to have worked with her before. We played best friends on Pepper Dennis. So we were really happy to work together again. Then Jaime came along and it was like, 'Well, where have you been our whole lives?' She's just awesome. The three of us, the days that we get to spend together, we have so much fun. We have great, great chemistry.

You play a mom of a 15-year-old?

Yeah, she was kind of a slut. She was married before.

But you're so young.

Yeah, she was married before. She's a widow and she apparently got pregnant when she was very, very young. She's referred to as the town slut.

Are you a cougar on the show?

I have a younger boyfriend. I would say I'm a complicated woman who is attracted to sexy men.

Nothing wrong with that.

No.

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Is it weird to have little babies in real life but a teenager on the show?

You know, I have to say that now I've crossed over into mom territory, once you're a mom, you're a mom. I don't know how else to put it.

How are the babies doing?

It's fantastic. They're doing great.

What are they into right now?

They're both crawling. This weekend they're teething and of course Jerry's at home with them. Honestly, I was with them right up until they were six months which is when we started shooting, and I felt like they kind of took me for granted a little bit, like Jerry'd walk in, they'd be like, "Ahhh." But then they never even noticed that it was me with them the whole time. Now that I'm not there as many hours during the day, they're pretty clingy and I have to say I love it. It's the best feeling in the world.

Are you still nursing?

I finished nursing three weeks ago. And yes, I was a milk machine. I felt like that's all I was to them, just this walking milk machine.

Your twins are fraternal?

They are fraternal, yeah.

One looks like you and the other like Jerry?

One looks just like Jerry, one looks just like me. I mean, and our baby pictures, if we compare our baby pictures with each other, they're identical.

How is it having Jerry at home while you work?

Great, it's great. It's fantastic.

Do you feel sexier now that you're a mom?

Sexier? I feel more seasoned than ever. I feel like every day I'm more seasoned than I was the day before.

Would you have more?

No, I think I'm done. I think I'm done. Four feels like a perfect number to me. I feel like the world was made for four, a couple of pairs.

You do look great.

Thank you. I still have a little ways to go.

How did you get back in shape?

My own vanity made it difficult for me to watch myself in that pilot a little bit. I was like, "Oh my God, that looks like a lady who just had babies." Honestly, nursing did most of it. It requires so many calories per day to nurse two babies. That was the fastest, but I still have a little ways to go.

Does the pressure to lose it come from you or the business?

No, honestly the business. Definitely the business because if it was just me, I have a way more important job at home with these babies. The pressure of losing weight like that would not be there at all.

Is it a nightmare?

It's just part of my reality. So it's just something I have to deal with. It's not something I ever worried about. The weight that I gained when I was pregnant felt very natural. Losing it was very natural but I still have a ways to go. How I'll lose the rest of it, I don't know. Those last 10 pounds, man, they're a doozy.

Are you changing your career goals since you had kids?

It was actually a very conscious decision to start working in television a few years ago. When I met Jerry, he was working in television and I had been only doing movies and most of them were up in Canada. Once I met Jerry, I knew I wanted to stay put. I wanted a little bit more of a routine. I wanted to go home to my bed. When we figured out that we wanted to have a family together, working in television really was conducive to that as well.

What's the best advice you have for new mothers?

The best advice I have for new mothers is repeat this mantra. "It's only temporary." This too shall pass. That's gotten me through every single stage of every single day that I've had so far with these girls.

Has anyone given you the twin tips?

Yes, and now, it's amazing how you feel so compelled to pass those tips along to others.

What are the best ones?

Coconut water because you're so thirsty the whole time you're pregnant and when you're nursing you're completely dehydrated all the time. So lots of coconut water, has lots of natural electrolytes. The snoogle pillow for when you're trying to sleep, is like a big S shaped pillow that supports you in all the right places.

Were there any surprises?

Yes, but they're not even fit to print.

Are you taking a million pictures?

Yes, nonstop.

Fred TopelStory/Interview by Fred Topel

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