OK! Interview: Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy wants to set the record straight â€” she and Jim Carrey have not broken up and she is not pregnant. Mom to Evan, 5, who was diagnosed with autism, the 35-year-old actress-turned-author (of Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism) is merely enjoying life as it is. "We couldn't be happier," she tells OK!. Currently starring on In the MotherHood with Leah Remini and Chelsea Handler, a Web series inspired by real-life stories submitted by moms, Jenny opens up to OK! about her career, boyfriend and, what else, motherhood.
What's the key to balancing motherhood and a career?
There isn't a balance. You have to make the best of it because it's always lopsided. I drag [Evan] around with me. That's how I make the best of it.
How is Evan doing?
Awesome. He's doing really great. I'm really proud of that kid.
How are things with Jim?
It couldn't be better. I think there was a rumor going around that we broke up, but we couldn't be happier.
How do you keep the relationship exciting?
One of our favorite pastimes is reading books. I read out loud, and he listens and lights a fire â€” it's sweet.
How is the on-set chemistry between the stars of In The MotherHood?
Amazing. I kind of had a feeling it would be. I can't believe out of the three of us that I'm the cleanest and nicest and purest of the group. People think that I might be boisterous and loud but with those two, I'm the quiet one in the group. But I love them, truly. I hope to continue doing comedic things with them because we are really good together.
What from your real-life job as a mother have you taken into this new part?
I've written so many books about Evan â€” about the funny things and not so funny things that have taken place â€” so I bring the depth of it in the character that I play, but I don't have any of my own situations that I play out in the webisodes.
In your current film, Witless Protection, you play Larry The Cable Guy's girlfriend. Were there a lot of laughs on set?
Larry is one of the nicest guys I've ever worked with, for real. It was weird that the lead of the movies was as nice as he was. I couldn't believe that he wasn't being a bastard at all. He would sit and sign autographs. It was fun. I have a very deep Southern accent. I play Larry the Cable Guy's girlfriend who he leaves to go on an adventure with another blonde, but he comes back to me because he gets smart and we live happily every after in a trailer. [In Southern drawl] And we had critters on the set.
For more on Jenny, pick up the latest issue of OK!, on newsstands Thursday!