Interview: Joely Fisher Talks Ryan Gosling, Parenting and More

By on December 8, 2011

When the opportunity to interview Joely Fisher, from the sitcom Til Death came up, I knew I had to say yes.   Til Death was on television for four years and is now in syndication, allowing me to see the show every day.


Since the show had many episodes that were straight out of a chapter in my life – I am thrilled to have the opportunity to watch the show whenever possible.

Joely Fisher was as funny as she is in the show;  speaking about her family, being a mother, growing up in a famous family and even how to get organized for the holidays.

Joely revealed not only would she like to act with Ryan Gosling but that she has  a crush on him (what woman doesn’t).

If you haven’t seen Til Death – it is a greater half hour breather from your own realities.

Question: My first question I’m absolutely fascinated by your family and I have to imagine that with that kind of family it was something like growing up in the Sound of Music household – was it like everything was a musical. Was it like that? Like was everyone breaking into song all the time? What was it like growing up there?

Joely Fisher: You know oddly enough I will tell you about childhood but I also have to tell you first about last week there’s a great restaurant in L.A. called Hamburger Hamlet, I mean everybody has hung out there for years and years and years, I mean Dean Martin was there like every single night having his cocktails and, you know, the likes of, you know, all those old sort of Hollywood people and the other, and it’s closing.

So the other night we went some old family friends and including my mom Connie Stevens and Lainie Kazan, who’s also a performer, actress, you know, her from Big Fat Greek Wedding and other stuff, so she’s also a singer from Broadway.

And there was a piano player there and it was my birthday and a couple weeks ago and we all went to dinner and we’re so sad the restaurant’s closing, this piano player starts playing every standard, old standard song that we all knew and literally we sang for three hours. The restaurant stopped in its tracks and got a full Broadway scale musical in the restaurant, it was hilarious and that is basically it. That is my life in a nutshell.

I have, you know, spent my life with some incredible iconic performers sort of wandering in and out of my house and you know, for me that was normal, that was my life and for everybody else out there it probably would be fairly fascinating to walk into your living room and see Lucile Ball sitting at the bar with my mom, you know, having a Manhattan and smoking a cigarette, you know, in the late ‘70s.

Going down to, my mom still resides in the house that she’s had since 1975 and going downstairs, sort of sneaking downstairs and hearing stories from old comedians, Milton Berle, Red Buttons, you know, people that are not, definitely not of this generation and this era so I have to sometimes remind people who all these, who all these folks are but that’s, that was my life.

I got to, you know, I think that show business and the entertainment industry has changed so much and we don’t have those kind of iconic performers so I feel, you know, very fortunate to have had that kind of upbringing. Just really quickly what my most memorable Christmas I would say until I have my own children was in ’87 my mother and my sister Tricia Leigh and I went around the world with the USO and Bob Hope and we went to the Persian Gulf and had Christmas Mass with every denomination, it wasn’t just, you know, Catholic Mass, in the Anchor Chain Room of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier.

Now I don’t know anybody else besides those people that were in that room who can say that, you know, it is just, it has just been you know, story after story and I feel very fortunate to have had that be my background and, you know, I’m trying to take the best things of that and give that now to my children.

Question: And my second question kind of relates to that, I know that you did a lot of traveling when you were younger following your parents to theaters and things like that, what was that life like as a child and would you ever want that for your own kids or are you bringing them up, since you work in TV is it much more stable for them?

Joely Fisher: Well yes, I had sort of a smattering of all different kinds of experience, my mom worked, you know, on stage and in television and movies and so I sort of, I wouldn’t say I was dragged along because I really went willingly. I loved being, you know, in the wings watching her perform, she was magical, I mean she, it was just it’s such an incredible gift to us as performers to be able to you know, move people, you know, with a song or performing some kind of a piece.

One experience, I was 3-years-old and I, everybody was going crazy the nanny and, backstage saying, “We can’t find Joely! We can’t find Joely!” And my mom came off the stage and she was like, “What do you mean you can’t find Joely? She’s 4, 3-years-old?”

And the concert mistress who plays the lead violin in the orchestra said, “Shh, I have Joely.” And she was holding me and I had fallen asleep in the orchestra pit. And when I woke up my mom said, “Joely you can’t, you know, honey you can’t, you know, I’m not angry.” And she was trying to explain that every, you know, I have to tell people where I’m going and I told my mom that I wanted to hear the music from the inside. And she was like oh my God, I can’t stop her with a train, this is going to be her life, you know.

So as far as giving that to my own children like I said you kind of want to take the best of it, I mean my mom called me the gypsy because I truly was, I loved it, I mean I was, came out of the womb singing, I literally did.

And my daughters basically have grown up on sets but they haven’t, you know, they’re at the age where they don’t miss school to go traveling with me, you know. I did perform on Broadway before I had children, I was offered another show and thought, I kind of want to be the last face that they see at night when they go to sleep and the first one in the morning. And I wasn’t ready to hand that over to somebody else, you know, a caregiver.

So they’ve grown up on sets, they love it;, you know, my daughters are into it. One of my daughter’s, True who is 5 says I don’t want to be pictured. She doesn’t want her picture taken. So if we go, even if we go to an event she skips the red carpet and that’s fine with me, like you – I’m not, you know, I don’t want to force that on anyone because it has wonderful gifts and it also can be, it can be stressful.

And, you know, I don’t want to push my children into a life that you know, as coveted as it is and as wonderful as it is is so difficult and so you know, if they’re good at it I’ll let them do it when they’re done with college.

Joely Fisher: But my daughter True, I mean Skylar I was pregnant and did a pilot pregnant, they shot around it and she learned to walk on that set, that was called Baby Bob for CBS many years ago. True, I was – was six weeks old when I did the pilot of the ‘Til Death, I nursed her during the pilot ran up to nurse her because I was, my boobs were getting bigger than my head.

And Luna who I adopted at birth though she’s my baby who’s 3 I also adopted during the run of ‘Til Death and so they were all weaned on a set and they know when to be quiet when the cameras are rolling and as long as they love it I’ll bring them and, you know, the other stuff is, we lead a more normal life.

Question: As, you know, you have five kids, God bless you.

Joely Fisher: I do. I do.

Vivian Manning-Schaeffel: Yes. Parenting requires, now you have to have a sense of humor there’s no other way to survive. Where do you go where you can get a good laugh for yourself, do, you know, what I’m saying? Like have you seen something recently or been somewhere that just where, you know, and I’m saying this for parents only not kids, you know?

Joely Fisher: Yes. You know it’s funny I, the other night I went out to an old friend, you know, a couple that I have been friends with since I was a child and they said, you know, no kids are coming and I was like oh my God, I can’t wait. I can’t wait because there’s like you know, 20 minutes of my life that is without children a day…

Joely Fisher: But we actually went to some friends and watched the boxing match that was on, you know, television a couple of weeks ago and sort of had a giggle and you know, hung out with people that were parents, people that weren’t parents, you know, we watched the sporting events, that’s not really my favorite thing to do.

I’d rather go out dancing, but I don’t have a nanny, I kind of do everything myself at the moment when I’m not working I want to do you know, really everything so, you know, even getting on this call I dropped three girls off and, you know, made their lunches, made their breakfast, got them all to school, I’m the one that goes, you know, takes them to dance classes and everything and, you know, they make me laugh, they come up with something pretty much every day.

And I wish that I had a place to go that I could tell you about but lately it has just been, you know, super hero mothering. I literally spend all my time sort of trying to be a part of their lives because you know, as you may have heard from the last question they, you know, they’ve grown up on sets and it’s been a year since ‘Til Death is off, I did a move just recently and for like five weeks we worked 14 hours a day and you know, didn’t see them and it was like I needed a fix, you know.

Joely Fisher: But I love my work, you know, like they, and they understand that, they know that, you know, I am not whole unless I’m doing, you know, what I love to do and they respect that and appreciate that and then we, you know, my daughters every single night have a tickle fight, tickle party, whatever with their dad and at which time I leave the room because I can’t stand it, I never liked tickling. I never liked anyone tickling me and…

Joely Fisher: But as far as like you know, I mean, you know, we will, you know, we’ll watch a great movie, we’ll go hear music, we love to, you know, I mean, you know, we’re not without sense of humor but I, you know, it’s not, these aren’t the days of going to a comedy show or, you know, anything like that so it’s mostly, you know, getting a kick out of them and what they bring home.

Joely Fisher: …you know I have three daughters. We have a lot of tea parties and a lot of make believe and they are, they all dance and sing and they’re funny people. I got three funny kids, you know, it’s just amazing. They love to, like I mean they’re silly, they love to like highlight my lines, like even as little tiny girls that, you know, during ‘Til Death my characters name was Joy and you know, even the ones that couldn’t read like looked for J-O-Y and put the pink highlighter on it and.

Joely Fisher: You know it just, I think it just it just makes me a whole person doing my job and doing what I love, it’s always been that way, you know, and, you know, it’s just, I guess it’s just, and it also actually I’ll tell you doing television allows you the time to like go do your work and then actually come home and be there for dinner.

Joely Fisher: It’s an amazing schedule whereas, you know, movies or going on the road or something like that wouldn’t allow me to do what I do. And, you know, we’ve been able to travel together, you know, it’s just, it’s an amazing life, it’s you know, when I grew up I remember people coming to the table and saying hey, listen I hate to interrupt, you know, then don’t.

You know I have made it a point to not, you know, stop and do things unless it’s very quick if I’m with my kids and, you know, it’s just it’s very different, it’s a very different, I’m trying to create a show right now about it, which I think everybody out there would love because you get to see that you know, I have the same struggles that, and the same issues that everyone else has in different square footage, you know, I mean it’s just my life is very similar to everyone out there but I get hair and makeup put on me to do it.

Question: My last question is so with five kids like how do you keep them from feeding on each other, especially this time of year? Do, you know, what I mean?

Joely Fisher: From like fighting and stuff?

Question: Yes.

Joely Fisher: Well here’s the thing, I will let everybody know that I didn’t give birth to five kids, I got two with the deal, I married my husband 15 years ago and he had two little boys who were, you know, at the age where you know, and he had been away from, divorced for many, many years so it wasn’t like I was taking over someone’s role at all, they were, they are their mothers children and they’re our children, you know, they love me, I’m their mom.

But they are, but those are our two boys and now they are 25 and 23 and the 23-year-old a couple weeks ago got married. So I am now the mother of the groom and the mother of a toddler…

Joely Fisher: …which is vastly different, and if they get pregnant I’m going to have to hit them, you know, I don’t want to be a grandmother right now, first of all.

Joely Fisher: No. Exactly. And then my 10-year-old Skylar is super, super responsible, she’s very, you know, she’s still a little girl, she’s super sensitive but she really, really helps me with the other two and then all of the sudden I have to say oh wait a second, she’s still ten, you know, she’s still, you know, she needs the same attention and then I back off a little bit.

And she also antagonizes the 3-year-old and loves to hear her giggling and screaming and my 5-year-old daughter True is in the middle of all that and she is, she fights for her space, she fights for her place in the world and does it very well.

So I think that, you know, I do probably find myself like everybody else out there losing my mind and you know, going off the handle and maybe finding, you know, that I’m louder than everybody else in the room at some point in the day. And then sometimes I think you need to remove yourself from the space and let them work it out, you know, I mean this is life.

Joely Fisher: But you know, they’re really good to each other, they’re all really good humans and I recently, you know, not that she hasn’t before but my mom said to me you have done an amazing job. And I was like wow, wait a minute, oh my God my mom just said that I was a good mom and that was validating, you know, like to the very core, because you want to…

Joely Fisher: They’re great kids, I mean they do get frantic and loud, it’s three girls, they have, you know, big, giant personalities but yes, you keep in check, you know, you just, you know, you just let them know that, you know, things are okay or they’re not okay. Take it down a notch…

Joely Fisher: …girls, you know.

Question: I’m just curious about, well really not curious but really what are the secrets from what you learned from ‘Til Death about marriage, I mean your character has been married for over 20 years, what do you think are what she would say is the secrets to her successful marriage?

Joely Fisher: Drinking. No.

Joely Fisher: A lot of alcohol. Well, you know, it was very funny, when I, I had just had my baby six weeks before and the script came from the casting director of Ellen, the show that we did together many years ago and she said when you read it you’re going to think oh my God I’m way too young to play this part. And quite frankly I was.

But they, I walked into the room and Brad Garrett and I from the minute we said hello had a chemistry and we felt like a married couple, like we off screen fought like were, and didn’t have sex so there you go it was like a real marriage.

But we oftentimes took stories from our lives and went to the writers and said you know, something funny happened and they would rip it from our lives and give it to you guys as episodes, you know, there was an episode that opened I think it was season two, maybe it was three, where I turned 40 and the, this literally happened that year, I got my first speeding ticket at 40.

Joely Fisher: Because not that I could always talk my way out of it but I have never had one and then like four months later I got another one and I was like what happened.

Joely Fisher: So they wrote that in as Joy losing her mojo, like not being able to like you know, cleavage it out and, you know, talk her way out of a ticket, you know. And so, and then there’s, you know, the simple little things like not asking for directions, I think we had some really funny things in the car and it felt like you know, one of my daughters actually said you sound like you and Brad, like she thought that we were now sounding like the couple on TV.

So it was very, very real and I think, you know, I like to say I’m not, I am not Joy, I am, you know, way smarter than she is, but she was tough and she was funny and she handled her man, but also had a soft side to her. They giggled like I loved the fact that you saw Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher really laugh and really laugh at each other and really laugh at situations where, you know, you have to sometimes do that.

It’s so ridiculous the things that we get into as a couple, that if you don’t look at it and go that was silly and stupid why, you know, why are we fighting, I think that’s very real and I think Joy would say you know, she wears the tight jeans in the family, you know.

Joely Fisher: Like she definitely, I loved that character, I still love her, I, you know, now that it’s on every night it’s funny in L.A. it’s on at 10:00 and 10:30, which is in the middle prime time TV so if you flipped the channels from whatever Prime Suspect you get ‘Til Death, I mean it’s crazy.

Joely Fisher: And I will stop every now and again, I don’t sit and watch them because I’ve seen them and I’ve done them but I make myself laugh, I mean I really, I thought we were super funny together and, you know, I loved working with him and it was very real. It was like a marriage.

Question: Yes. I also had a question about your background, you know, you’ve done television, musical theater, movies, where do you feel sort of most, which medium do you like to work in the most?

Joely Fisher: You know it’s funny I think I’m stealing this from somebody else, I read it in an interview and I don’t even remember who it was, but they said, and I’m going to say it forever and ever now, it’s like asking me to pick a child.

Serena Norr: Right.

Joely Fisher: It’s like Sophie’s Choice, you know. And I say that…

Serena Norr: Yes.

Joely Fisher: …quite literally because there’s something about performing, like I got to do a concert a couple of weeks ago in Boston for a charity and sing four songs in front of a, you know, big giant crowd and I had forgotten how much I truly, truly love that, I love singing. I am, you know, and I feel like that’s kind of where I started, that’s my background.

You know I’d love, you know, a great hot movie to come along, they haven’t, they’ve been sort of few and far between, but they’ve been spectacular, I’ve had, I’ve gotten to work with amazing people in film. You know maybe not that great hot lead part yet.

And then TV, like I said earlier, is an amazing schedule. I love it because you do get an audience, you do get to do, get that flavor of the audience and it’s very fast moving and you move to a new episode and you get to play someone, you get to get in someone’s skin for a good period of time, which I do like.

Question: I, you have been surrounded by so many legends, is there anyone that you haven’t worked with yet that you would love to, you know, just work with?

Joely Fisher: Wow. Wow legends sure, they’re all out there. I, you know, I have just you know, sort of briefly I did get to work very, very briefly with Steve Martin in a movie that Nora Ephron directed called Mixed Nuts years ago, I had a super small part, but I love him and I love, you know, I’m a big fan of his, you know, maybe there’s, you know, another part out there where I could do that again.

I also played a small part opposite Jim Carrey in The Mask, and I was just in a couple of scenes and I sort of became friends with him, you know, more recently and I think, you know, there’s a leading lady part for me out there opposite him, he makes me laugh hysterically. He’s a bit of a nut but you know.

Joely Fisher: I mean gosh there’s so many amazing people, I mean there’s also the people like that I have a crush on, like I mean Ryan Gosling, stop it ladies, you know. I don’t know, they’d probably cast me as his mother.

But I mean, you know, I’m an uber fan too, like I’m one of those people that gets excited about you know, about talent. You know there are a lot of people that are doing, you know, great big comedies, right now I think Ben Stiller, I would love to work with Ben Stiller.

But, you know, I mean as far as like you know, legendary I mean I, you know, there’s a lot of amazing talent out there and you know, I’m ready to get into a room with any, I got to do a screen test with the Cohen brothers and didn’t get the part, but it was such an amazing lesson and I got to work with them you know, in the room.

And, you know, just exciting things like that I think I’m ready for you know, a big role like that in a movie, you know, I’ve got, I’ve had amazing success in television but I’m ready to, I’m ready to do it.

Question: I think as moms and parents we’re always looking for different ways to make the holidays special for our children and I’m just wondering what holiday traditions you have with your family.

Joely Fisher: Gosh, you know, what, I mean we’re all about family, we’re all about, my mom is Italian, you know, she never lets us forget it. We, you know, we’re big foodies, we have, you know, amazing Christmas Eve always, always at her house. I have like, you know, 45 cousins.

And as far as new things, you know, back up a little bit, we’re Halloween, we have, we live on a street in Los Angeles that is like to beat the band for Halloween and they close it down and it’s one of the, one of those crazy streets where like everybody comes to and it becomes like a competition with the houses to make like the most amazing decorations.

So we really get into it, my daughters freak out over it, we had you know, fog machines and movies flashing up on the walls and crazy, you know, we spray painted pumpkins and, you know, just amazing stuff so we’ve made that sort of like a tradition, Halloween.

One of my daughters birthday is close to Valentines Day and they, you know, go cuckoo for cocoa puffs on Valentines Day. We are arts and crafts girls from way back and we’ve made some amazing things for Valentines Day.

Christmas, you know, this year we’re actually going away and, you know, with the family but we’re not going to be here so we’re like freaking out that we should, that we’re not going to have a tree because that’s always a big deal in our house.

We do sort of we do New Years resolutions, I don’t know how many we keep but we do love to you know, make that sort of part of our New Years Eve and also I was married on New Years Eve so that is our wedding anniversary so New Years Eve is really important to, you know, kind of make special for the family.

It’s going to, it’s really hard to sort of top the wedding because it was magnificent and you know, magical and 650 people and just, you know, way over the top so we try to do something spectacular, it doesn’t always you know, cost money and whatever, they can be, it can be simple.

We actually on our tenth anniversary we took 150 of our closest friends to Mexico to a place where we have a home in Mexico and re-wed on our tenth anniversary, so that holiday is important to us and, you know, we, I just, you know, I’m, I love, you know, magical moments in between too so I don’t, it doesn’t have to be you know, holidays, it’s Mothers Day, Fathers Day you never, never go without your breakfast in bed and the girls love to be involved in that and you know, make crazy cards and stuff.

So, you know, we sort of celebrate every moment, we celebrate as much as we can because, you know, life is short and there’s going to be, come a time very soon where they’re all going to, you know, be drifting away, like I said one of our kids got married this year for, you know, that’s crazy, I can’t believe that life has gone by that fast.

But, you know, I find just like little simple celebrations in every day life just as important but we do enjoy our holidays.

Question: @hat five-minute tip can you give me that would help you to be organized for a large family gathering like that?

Joely Fisher: Well I think for me I, if I wasn’t an actress, I wasn’t in this entertainment business I probably would plan parties, I really, really believe that. I have gotten it to, I have gotten it down to a science with full checklists and everything, I recently had our school fundraiser I chaired and had here at my home for our preschool.

My sister and I own a business here in Los Angeles called the Treehouse Social Club where we do kids birthday parties and it’s a creative place based for children. So I feel like, you know, I’m sort of a bit of a pro, I don’t know if I could, if I could go through my checklist with people but you know, it’s I have my vendors that I go to for parties, I, you know, I, you know, the shopping is always done way ahead, like I’ve shopped for Christmas presents all year long and sort of tucked them away and kind of learned that from my mother.

What else? You know just I have a, I’m a Scorpio but I have a lot of Virgo in me and for a lot of people that’s like what, she’s speaking Greek but I am like really left brain, right brain I go back and forth between being, you know, super organized and having sort of little stacks of things here and there and then being also a fancy hoarder.

I have more stuff than, you know, like so if, but it’s funny because people will say oh I’ve got to go to this thing and, you know, I need to bring a gift, a hostess gift and I’ll be like wait a second, I’ve got it in the closet, you know, like I’m one of those kind of people that I’m always prepared.

So not specifically like what I do but it always seems to come together really quickly and easily because I’ve been doing it for a lot of years so the holidays are just like my party planning, it’s, you know, everything has a time and a place and, you know, when we do certain things and it’s seemed to work out so far. Spontaneity might throw me off so I need to have plans, lists and plans.

Question: My other question that I have because I enjoyed watching some of the episodes of ‘Til Death, I’m going to be honest with you I had not even heard of your show until we got this e-mail and once I’ve seen it I was like oh my gosh how did I not know about this show because…

Joely Fisher: You know what you’re in you’re in the majority, I’m telling you darling girl you’re in the majority because we were doing this great little, like Brad used to say our little wooden show, the show that could, you know, like the, you know, the little engine that could, we were, you know, we were working as hard as the, you know, as Modern Family is, you know, we just never were super supported and publicized right and time slots moved and all of that.

And so I’m so happy that you’re getting to see it now and a lot of people I think that’s how they find shows is, you know, if we’re blessed enough to do the number of shows that get syndicated and you get to see them and catch up on them there is some funny, funny stuff.

And I think you know, mom’s, wives out there will watch some of the episodes out there and go oh my God, you’ve been following me with a camera, you know. I’ve actually had people say stop it, that is exactly what my husband and I did the other day fighting about which, you know, where let’s separate the beds and mine becomes girly and frilly and scents and candles and waterfalls and his becomes like a cheese party, you know.

I mean it, there is some very real, you know, he’s a crazy man, Brad Garrett and he’s bigger than life but it’s very real and authentic and I’m glad people are getting to see it now because it’s, you know, I’m very proud of our work.

Question: I love it. My question was is because it says that your mother-in-law is a very nagging and critiquing person in the show, so how do you handle holiday guests that come in with that type of attitude when you host a holiday get together? How do you handle those bossy relatives?

Joely Fisher: Oh I thought you said the gifts. Because I’m way more of a giver than a receiver like I’m like, I get embarrassed opening presents, like I feel weird about it, I don’t know why I just, I mean don’t get me wrong, I love a good present but I love to give gifts.

I think as far as relatives are concerned you have to put on that cloak, that super hero, super mom, whatever it is that you do, whatever you know, whatever that little secret is that you have and let go and let God for the holidays.

I mean you have to be, if for, if it’s only for that moment and the rest of the year you fight back, you know, like just give in because people become stressed and they become sort of more exaggerated versions of themselves because you always have to feel like, not to get like you know, like, you know, low or anything like that.

But you have to understand that everybody has their own way of dealing with the holidays and their own experience and their own history of how they feel about, you know, certain things and, you know, maybe they don’t have what you have or, you know, they, they may have been traumatized at some point, not to be dramatic or whatever, and just, you know, just put our arms around you know, embrace people their differences.

I mean I listen I, it’s not as close to what you would see on the sitcom, I love my mother-in-law, she’s crazy and fun and my kids, she gets on the floor with the kids and plays and whatever, but there are some of those relatives that I feel that way about and they know who they are, but they’re unfortunately not listening.

But, you know, and I, you know, there are times where I’m like I’m going to go hide out in another room but during the holidays it’s like, you know, put on a happy face literally and have some champagne if you need it and you know, just embrace it, you know.

Let it go, it’s, you know, life is very short and, you know, especially this time, you know, the political and the economic climate the way it is people have their issues, it’s like, you know, this is a time to celebrate so I would say that’s my word of advice.

Question: I love ‘Til Death, I was a huge fan and I just wondered what was it like to go from having this house full of kids to playing an empty nester on set?

Joely Fisher: You know what it was, it’s kind of strange, I, you know, like I don’t know if you’ve been listening all along but my kids, you know, not missing school or anything like that, they, you know, they were, they lead a fairly normal existence but…

Joely Fisher: …you know they were used to coming on set with mom and one, my 10-year-old daughter I was doing a show called Wild Card that was on Lifetime for a couple years when she was little and she learned to like sit with the earphones on and be quiet when we were rolling and this is like at two and a half, they’d say cut and she’d throw her arms up in the air and say now we talk.

I mean like they literally like they know their place without it being like life is to serious, you know, they like it as long as they like it and then when they’re ready to leave they’re like okay we’ve had enough and I’m, I support that.
Joely Fisher: You know I don’t drag them there and say you have to come sit and watch mommy act, I mean that’s stupid.

Joely Fisher: But you’re, you know, it’s like your work is your work, I mean I was playing a character that was not me, you know, so when I, you know, and I’m not like I always laugh and when people say that they’re a method actor I say I’m a Methodist actor and make a joke of it because I’m not a Methodist but I’m making a joke that when I’m in those clothes and those, that skin I’m that girl.

Joely Fisher: You know when, wherever it is, you know, I am, I’m not Joely. A lot of Joely drifts in and out of some of the people I’ve played but, you know, it’s, it comes like it’s like my cloak, you know, I put on, you know, I get my hair all big and my boobs all up and high and go to town.

Joely Fisher: That’s what I always said about even about my character Paige that, when I played opposite of Ellen DeGeneres I said, they would say is she like you, and I’d say we have the same boobs and the same hair.

Question: Great. And one more quick question, do you have any big, hot holiday gifts in your house this year that your kids are just asking for, because I know that our list has been started since like Halloween.

Joely Fisher: Well they’re asking but they’re not getting. You know I mean they are children of this age and they, they love the gadgets and things and mom has an iPad, doesn’t, not necessary to get the children an iPad.

Joely Fisher: You know like I firmly, firmly believe that and, you know, I had to break down and do, you know, do a phone finally for my daughter and actually now I can actually find her, which is wonderful.

And you know, but, you know, they, they’re into different kinds, there’s not one, you know, they’re, they, they’re good I got to say ladies they’re good kids, they’re respectful, they understand sometimes when, you know, money’s not as flush as it is at other times and they just, you know, they don’t ask for much.

It’s really crazy, I really I feel like, you know, I done good in that way, you know.

Joely Fisher: They, you know, don’t get me wrong there’s a lot of stuff in this house, you know, I mean it’s a bit crazy so I also you know, Skylar, the little ones haven’t quite done it yet but my 10-year-old she does gather together things and we do like a little give away always every year of, you know, not broken and dilapidated but, you know, some things that she doesn’t pay with and, you know, we donate a lot of toys and things.

And so I’m, I dig that she’s into that, like she says, you know, not to fill it with other things but she says, you know, I’m not really playing with this, I’m getting too old for that or whatever, so we do like to give back a bit too.

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