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The Cheryl Behind the Cheryl

cherylKnown to many as the long-suffering (ex)wife of funnyman Larry David, the man behind Seinfeld, on HBO’s hit series Curb Your Enthusiasm, Cheryl Hines is no stranger to patience and determination (necessary for putting up with Larry).

And determination is what led her to direct her first feature film,  Serious Moonlight, starring Meg Ryan and Timothy Hutton.  In an interview this week with Jamey and Jerry of Movie Geeks United, Cheryl spoke about her first-time experience behind the camera.

Asked what she learned from the experience, Cheryl said she “learned that [she's] tough on the inside…tougher than [she] thought [she] was,” adding that Seinfeld co-writer and frequent Curb director Larry Charles “was a spiritual guide” for her during the learning process.

Jamey of Movie Geeks couldn’t help but gush over his love for Curb, dubbing the show “the funniest show ever on TV” and asking Cheryl whether she watches it on Sunday nights like the rest of us.  Her answer might surprise you:

“I do watch it every Sunday night…I could get copies ahead of time, but I don’t. I like to watch it with my friends…because the show is improvised, I have a story outline, but its only…6 to 7 pages long.  I don’t know exactly what they’ve shot, and I don’t know until I watch the show.  I have such a good time watching Larry on Sunday nights, I’m telling you. It’s surreal…I’ll be seriousmoonlightwatching it, then I come on the screen and I’m like, ‘Oh my god, that’s right, I’m in the show!’”

So, the next time you’re on the couch in your pajamas on Sunday watching the side-splitting antics of Larry, Jeff, Richard, and Cheryl, know that the Cheryl behind the Cheryl is most likely doing the same thing, laughing along with you.

Check out Cheryl’s directorial debut, Serious Moonlight.

Listen to the complete interview with Cheryl Hines here.


EXCLUSIVE: Jerry Seinfeld Phones His TV Mom — at Last

It took nearly a year, but Jerry Seinfeld finally called up his “mom” – if only to let her down.

Interviewed on BlogTalkRadio, Liz Sheridan, who spent nine years playing Helen Seinfeld on Seinfeld, recounts how the funnyman phoned her out of the blue last week while in L.A. with Larry David shooting Curb Your Enthusiasm with fellow show-about-nothing alumni Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and Michael Richards.

CAPTION: "I don't like to intrude on people who are 'so busy,' Liz (above) tells us of Jerry.

"I don't like to intrude on people who are 'so busy,'" Liz (above) tells us of Jerry.

“I was in my car driving and he just said, ‘Hi, I heard you wanted to get in touch with me?'” Sheridan, 80, tells World Talk Live! host Brett Cohen.

“He said, ‘We’re working on the same set where we did Seinfeld, and it’s nice to be here.’

“I asked him if he was a good father. He said, ‘I try’… [Then] I asked him if he would possibly be interested in the movie that I’m writing about the book I wrote, Dizzy & Jimmy.”

(That 2000 memoir recounts the actress’ brief engagement to James Dean during the early ’50s.)

“And he said, ‘It sounds terribly interesting’… like a project he would love to do, but he’s so caught up in busy, busy, busy,” adds Liz, who’s currently starring in the feature film Play the Game, opposite Andy Griffith and Doris Roberts.

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With her TV son on the set.

Last July, when Brett asked Liz, “If you had the ability to have dinner tonight with anyone in history, who would it be and why?” she replied:

“Jerry Seinfeld. Why? I’d ask him to help me raise the money for my movie. [But] he’s got so many ‘people’ in front of him, you can’t get to him. And I don’t have his phone number.”

To hear Liz’s full interview, click here.

To read about Brett’s July 2008 interview with Liz, click here.

It’s a Yet Another Highly Revealing Edition of ‘The Mix’

As if we ever bring you anything but highly revealing interviews here on BlogTalkRadio.

So there’s little need for hype this week – saying things like “You can’t afford not to tune in,” “You’ll be astounded by what you hear” or “If you don’t tune in, you won’t know about the $1 billion cash prize we may or may not be giving away.”

No. Instead, we’ll just get right to it and tell you that tonight’s edition of The Daily Mix answers such all-important questions as:

—Why his biographer, Lawrence Grobel, says that interviewing Al Pacino for the first time was “like being in a Keystone Cops kind of thing.”

“I go to sit on this very old wicker chair and my ass goes right through it,” Lawrence (left) tells us about his first meeting with Al Pacino, in 1979.

“I go to sit on this very old wicker chair and my ass goes right through it,” Lawrence (left) tells us about his first meeting with Al Pacino, in 1979.

—What actress Cindy Morgan did on the set of Caddy Shack that made the hit flick’s producer “go nuts,” erase her from the credits and black- list her.

—Why rapper DJ Quik calls the music industry “the craziest, scariest thing” he’s ever seen.

—What surprising piece of news about her sexuality Blossom star Mayim Bialik reveals – vis-à-vis Larry David.

—Which talk-show titan Ralph Nader reveals to be his new No. 1 whipping boy.

—Whether Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan ever knew a U.S. president in the biblical sense.

—Why Montel Williams’ body starts to shut down when the temp- erature rises above 85 degrees.

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

To tune in, click here.

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‘Blossom’ Star Mayim Bialik: ‘I Didn’t Even Know I Was a Lesbian!’

You remember Mayim Bialik as the well-grounded teen, Blossom Russo, on the classic NBC sticom Blossom.

But despite going on to earn a Ph.D., get married and start a family after the show wrapped in 1995, she hasn’t disappeared from TV.

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“I’m completely not skilled enough to be on that show,” Mayim (above) tells us of “Curb.”

As Larry David fans know, she has had a recurr- ing role on the funnyman’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Mayim plays Jodi Funkhouser, the daughter of Larry’s pal Marty Funkhouser, who’s a lesbian when we first meet her – only to “go straight” several episodes later, then be driven back into lesbianism by one of Larry’s trademark faux pas.

Jodi’s sexual orientation, however, was news to Mayim when she was cast in the hilarious HBO series.

Interviewed this week on BlogTalkRadio’s Brandon’s Buzz, the actress, now 33, tells host Brandon Henslee:

“My audition was hysterical. I got a tiny piece of paper with what the scene was.  And that was the exact scene we ending up filming when I got the job – I played a lesbian.

“I didn’t even know I was a lesbian – until people started talking about the rest of the epi- sode when we were filming! I didn’t know that was part of the schtick.”

Mayim, who’s currently out promoting the DVD release of Blossom, also says that though Curb went into pro- duction on season seven in December, she has no idea if she’ll be reprising her role.

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With “Curb” creator Larry David (center) and co-star Jeff Garlin.

“Hopefully, if [the Funkhausers] are back . . . they’ll think of me. It’s a very spur-of-the-moment kind of show.  One of the episodes I did I literally was called two days before. And they said, ‘Larry just remem- bered you gotta be in this scene. Can you show up?’

“I don’t even think I spoke. They didn’t even mic me. I just sat there like I was at a funeral.

“But I have a new manager and agent and I’m hoping they’ll call over there and say, ‘Oh, we’re representing her now. So think of her’ . . . I would love to be back on that show.”

To hear Mayim’s full interview, click here.