02-20-2006: OK! Weekly Australia

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While most of us are struggling through the winter months with red noses and dull skin, Rebecca Romijn is glowing with health. Part of the reason for her stunning looks is her genes, of course (she was a top model, don't forget), but a more significant factor in Rebecca's sunny face is the happiness over her engagement to TV hunk Jerry O'Connell.

Since they became engaged last year, Rebecca and Jerry have been trying to make wedding plans during their ever decreasing periods of rest from their hectic filming schedules. Rebecca, previously married to actor John Stamos, says she hasn't even chosen her dress yet, nor have they decided on a honeymoon location. Rebecca's sudden scarcity of free time is a result of her first lead role, as an ambitious Chicago TV reporter on The WB's new show Pepper Dennis (Jerry is hard at work on the NBC hit Crossing Jordan.)

In contrast to Rebecca/s own blissful home life, Pepper is still trying to work out how to have it all while making many romantic mistakes along the way. Here, Rebecca, 33, tells OK! about the new show, her wedding plans and what makes her relationship with Jerry so special.

Question: What romantic things do you and Jerry do for each other?
Rebecca: We make everything feel like a date. We take a lot of road trips. We are always looking to discover something new, like a new restaurant or a new part of town. We like visiting somewhere we've never been before. We like to go exploring together. I am obsessed with a part of Los Angeles that Jerry and I discovered called Angelino Heights. It has beautiful Victorian streets.

Question: Where are you and Jerry going to travel to next?
Rebecca: I would really like to take Jerry to Holland to meet my family, a lot of them live there. I haven't had a chance to introduce him to them yet.

Question: Have you met each other's parents?
Rebecca: Absolutely. Everybody gets on very well. Jerry's dad is English, and my dad is Dutch. We have a lot of similarities. Both of our mothers were public school teachers. They are all artists; my dad and Jerry's dad both went to art school.

Question: Do the similarities in your backgrounds bring you closer together?
Rebecca: Yeah. We both grew up in the public school system. He is a New York City kid, and I'm from Berkeley. We are exactly the same generation so all of our cultural references are almost identical, but East Coast/West Coast. We really identify with each other.

Question: Working 14-hour days on Pepper Dennis will leave little time for those road trips with Jerry. How will you find free time?
Rebecca: I'll let you know a couple of weeks from now! The beauty of it is that I get to come home to my own bed at night. It's not like the all-or-nothing life of doing film, where you are gone for three months and staying in hotels. I am looking forward to the momentum of getting a lot of work done every day too.

Question: Do you get to see Jerry when you are away on movie sets?
Rebecca: When you want something bad enough, you figure out how to make it happen.

Question: You two must be so busy with your shows. Have you had any time to make wedding plans?

Rebecca: Again, when you want something bad enough, you figure out how to make it happen! [laughs

Question: Would you like to work together in the future?
Rebecca: Yeah. I think he is one of the smartest people I have ever met. He is incredibly funny and a really good actor. I would love to work with him at some point, but we think there's a curse to that because some people that have worked together in the past - it hasn't come off that well. It's a whole other complicated layer when you start working with the person you're with. It's also kind of annoying. I think people get irritated when you're shoving yourself into their whole lives.

Question: Gwyneth Paltrow is pregnant again. Would you give your kids a name like Apple?
Rebecca: Hollywood actors leas bizarre lives that are different from other people's lives. I think they are creative people and it is a very personal decision what you name your child.

Question: You think your life is bizarre?
Rebecca: Yeah. I think it's an altered existence to what other people lead, but, I mean, every one on this planet has their own reality.

Question: Do you miss normalcy in your life?
Rebecca: I sometimes wish I had a bit of privacy, but being with Jerry, we keep it real for each other. We love the adventure of leading this bizarre existence together. We laugh about a lot of it.

Question: What do you think about the pressure in Hollywood to be thin?
Rebecca: I think it's frightening and very dangerous. It's confusing when magazines do big stories and so-and-so being too skinny, then two pages later, in the very same photo and the very same dress, they're suddenly called best dressed. It's very confusing.

Question: Pepper makes some bad choices regarding men. Have you gone through any similar hurdles to find the right man?
Rebecca: Oh, yeah, we all have. I think she is a character that women can really identify with. It's like, how do you juggle all of it? I can certainly identify with that.

Question: You get to wear some amazing clothes in this show...
Rebecca: It's getting even more fabulous! We've got this amazing wardrobe guy who pulls things from Gucci, Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana. I love fashion across the board. I think it's an important art form; it's a great way to express yourself. I started my career modeling in Paris so I have a great love of it.

Question: This role requires a lot of physical comedy, with lots of tripping and falling. Are you like that in real life?
Rebecca: Well, I'm not clumsy, but I've been doing Pilates for a long time so I have got my stuff together. I'm better than I used to be. Don't we all have clumsy moments? I mean, am I the only one?

Question: Do you find the busy schedule on Pepper Dennis tough?
Rebecca: It's kicking my butt. I'm like, "What did I get myself into?" The good news is that I'm still smiling at the end of the week.

Question: Is it true that you guys read lines together?
Jerry: I wanted her to be ready. It's very exciting for me to see Rebecca go through with it. If I do things like reading scripts, I do it out of sheer excitement for the project. I've read all the scripts.
Rebecca: When I came home at 11 the other night and I had to be up at 4:30 the next morning, Jerry was going, "Let's run lines for tomorrow!" I was like, "No! it's time to go to sleep. I have to be up in five hours! Please, finish!"

Question: When you're rehearsing lines, who plays whom?
Jerry: You should see me when we do Pepper love scenes and I get to play her love interest, Charlie Babcock!
Rebecca: I can't believe you; you're so crazy.

Question: Jerry, is it exciting for you to watch Rebecca work on her new show?
Jerry: It's really exciting for me to watch Rebecca do this. The hours are crazy. The only time I'm gonna see her is if I wake up at 5 a.m. and drive her into work.
Rebecca: Which he did several times before.
Jerry: I am like the parent who is going over SAT verbal words with his kids in the car.
Rebecca: He wouldn't let up!

Original article: OK! Weekly

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