TV GUIDE APRIL 24-30, 2006


Jerry O'Connell Crossing Jordan
Jerry O'Connell

The Crossing Jordan star on his Lost connection, marrying Rebecca Romijn and his Desperate new life

Crossing Jordan is about to hit its 100th episode on May 7. Does it feel like a milestone? Yeah. The other day somebody congratulated me on that and then told me that only one in 85 shows that are put on the air makes it to a hundred episodes. I gamble, and I would never take that bet!

At the time you joined the cast, you were known for movies like "Jerry Maguire" and "Kangaroo Jack." Why did you get involved with Jordan? For the longest time, I couldn't get an adult role. I was doing gross-out teenage comedies and stuff, and playing post college guys trying to balance work and wackiness. Jordan was really the only adult gig that came around for me. And it happened because a friend I went to NYU with -- a guy named Damon Lindelof who now does Lost -- was writing for Crossing Jordan, and he hooked me up.

So did it make you seem like a grown-up? It's been very helpful in that sense. It helps to put on a suit and tie every day, you know? What could have been a few lean years have really been fun and totally educational.

What can you tell us about the Jordan season finale? Well, Jordan [Jill Hennessy] is accused of murdering someone, and she goes on the lam at the end of the episode. It's moderately exciting.

"Moderately exciting"? Are you getting a little blasé about the job? [Laughs] No, we had a really fun season. The introduction of Leslie Bibb was a lot of fun for our show. My character got into a relationship with her more, and I really liked that. We had a lot of bedroom scenes...the entire time I closed my eyes and thought of Rebecca, though.

As in Rebecca Romijn, your fiancee. When's the wedding? We're keeping it quiet. I'm not keeping anything from you -- it's just gonna be something small.

Is it a good thing that you're both actors? I save a tremendous amount in therapy costs because I can come home and say, "This is what happened at work," and she understands. If I called up, like, my mom and said, "Today was such a crazy day," my mom would go, "Shut up! There are a million people who'd give their right arm to do what you do."

You used to say that you were no good at long-term relationships. What changed? You meet somebody like Rebecca, you figure out a way to work it out. It just doesn't get better. I really wasn't looking for a long-term relationship. And then Rebecca and I met and started dating, and before I knew it a year had rolled around, and I just couldn't imagine not being in a relationship with her.

Were you usually the one who called it quits? Well, in the past I would just tell everyone I was in a relationship with, "There's a warning label on this." Honestly, I don't believe I had a monogamous relationship until I met Rebecca. I mean, we live together. I never lived with a girl.

In fact, didn't you share a bachelor pad with your brother, Charlie? I lived with my brother, and I couldn't imagine it any other way. Now I live in the suburbs. I commute. We have dogs. I feed them twice a day.

So, Jerry O'Connell now lives in Desperate Housewives territory? I never thought of myself as a Wisteria guy, but now that Rebecca's working and I"m on hiatus, when I go to the supermarket, I see the Nicollette Sheridan type, I see the Teri Hatcher type, the Eva Longoria type. [Laughs] And I watch it now thinking that it's my reality.

-- Steve Pond
Photograph by Alison Dyer