Backstage on Broadway: Jerry O’Connell takes over PIX11 newsroom & talks nudity, family and “Living on Love”

Posted: 10:51 PM, Apr 09, 2015
Updated: 2015-04-10 21:33:29-04

“What an honor to be here, you’re doing great everybody!” Jerry O'Connell smiled.

Jerry O'Connell is taking over the PIX11 newsroom. It's a place this actor feels right at home.

“I grew up in New York, I grew up with PIX,” O'Connell remembered.  “There was a game called Pixxx where, you'd fire ships and it was in the afternoon."

I asked if he ever played it. "Well I sent in a letter, they never picked me," he smiled.

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We know him as the curious kid in "Stand By Me," the cocky quarterback in "Jerry Maguire," and the comedic co-pilot in "Mission to Mars."

Now he's back on the Broadway stage in the screwball comedy Living on Love.

"It’s a really fun play, it’s different," O'Connell explained. "It’s not a musical but it has musical elements.”

It also stars legendary opera singer Renée Fleming who helps him bare it all on stage, well sort of.

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“There is partial nudity on my part, I don’t want to freak anyone out, it’s not full frontal,” he laughed. "I will not be showing my thingy, but I do take my shirt off.”

Of course he shared some of his workout secrets.

“I’ve really been participating in the Zumba, I’ve been sitting on a balance ball," he said. "I don’t really do much, I just sit on it and watch TV, I'm like, 'oh I worked on my core'.”

One thing O'Connell doesn't need to work on is family. He pretty much melts when talking about his wife and two daughters.

“They’re pretty nutty my children," he said. "They are currently six, I have twin girls.”

He's not sure though if the girls are ready to see dad on stage.

“I am attacked a few times by Doug Sills on stage and that might freak them out a little bit, I don't think they understand audience and play," O'Connell laughed. "They might jump up and be like leave my daddy alone, monster, hey I'll kill you, hate you, so I’m a little worried about that.”

But he's definitely not worried about what the audience will think.

“It’s really fun, people are going to have a really good time,” he said.

And he says he knows how to guarantee his play's a success.

“You know if you want to have a successful play, as we say on Broadway, you got to go through Tamsen," he smiled. "Everyone knows that!"

Living on Love is currently in previews at the Longacre Theatre.

Opening night is set for April 20 with a limited run through August 2.

Produced by: Kim Pestalozzi and Rebecca Millman