Shabooty Interview Series: Jillian Barberie – Good Day LA (Part 3/3)
Shabooty: <anecdote about how I got into Jersey Shore>
Jillian Barberie: That’s cool. It’s a great show then? ‘Cause people talk about it. I haven’t seen it. I’m wondering if I’d like it now, because you like it. I’m curious.
Oh yeah yeah, their motto is Gym, Tan, Laundry.
That’s right, I saw that. That’s funny!
Admittedly, the one thing I get a kick out of is the fact that any hot teen, well I shouldn’t say teen, but any hot 20+ year old chick, they’re like probably superfans of it, so I enjoy the residual … like if they [the cast I am friends with] shout me out on twitter, then I get all excited just because of the chicks that they attract [might start following me on twitter].
That’s hilarious. I love it.
Because I had three of them give me birthday shout outs on twitter.
That’s so cool man. That’s great. That’s great, that’s just cool. That’s what I love about all of this social networking and all that. But I think certain people… I mean, there are bloggers out there, but then there are just cool people, and you’re both, so it’s like that’s why that stuff comes back and it works out for you. I believe that, ya know? I believe that, for sure.
Thank you, I appreciate it. So is the dress from the Howard Stern LA party now like the equivalent of the Monica Lewinsky blue dress [in terms of infamy]?
Haha, I just – I just got it back from dry cleaning as we speak. Yes, very much, I think it had to go through four cleaning processes, no [j/k]. Actually, it was just a little bit, but I think for purposes of expanding the story, and exaggerating a little bit for entertainment purposes of course, it’s sort of taken on a life of its own. But yeah, it was crazy. It was a crazy night, no doubt about it. Jillian indulged, Jillian had fun. You know what’s funny, I was listening to Gary [Dell'Abate] talk and he’s like, “I think you know, when you’re pregnant and you’ve got like that year of not drinking, not doing anything,” [when you finally do drink you may get sick]. I’m like, “damn straight!” That’s exactly what it is, you just go crazy. You don’t know when to stop.
I think I’ve seen a friend with a picture of some “Moonshine” liquor, but I think it’s just more of a marketing thing, obviously it’s not gonna be real moonshine, but it was in a fashioned moonshine ‘jug’. I left a comment saying you need to talk to Johnny Knoxville and get you some of his real hillbilly relative’s moonshine.
For sure. I mean that’s the stuff that… I didn’t have any of it, I saw it and I was like what the hell? That’s like old school! It really was old school. Yeah and it wasn’t even that, that did it for me. I was a total light weight. I just don’t do anything anymore, I don’t go out much, so I let loose, man. It was pretty crazy. But I saw them passing the jug around and I didn’t want any of it, and I’m the one that ends up getting wasted. Anyway…crazy.
How often do you party with celebrities that were just on your show, Good Day LA? And how many of them are celebrities where it’s the first time you’re meeting them and then hanging out with them?
I feel like I’ve been doing that show for fifteen years, and you meet so many people and you just connect with them, or you don’t, celebrity or not, but a lot of them have watched the show, so they grew up either really familiar with it or they’re big fans or whatever, so it’s kinda fun. But you know, most of the people that I’ve met have been through that show, or maybe the NFL or any of the outside work I’ve done and I’ve remained friends with them, ya know what I mean? I did a sitcom for a while and I became friends with some of the girls on there, and we still talk, and it’s really been sorta, like that. It’s never a contrived thing, you know when you make friends with somebody you just connect or you don’t. But mostly, I meet people through Daniella [Clarke], because she knows a ton of people, doing what she’s done for so long. But yeah, I can’t say that I’ve met anyone… well, obviously Pamela Anderson, I met her, and she gave me a gig which was really, really, cool. And we were friendly for a while. I’ve been friendly with Carmen Electra for a while, but you fall in and out of friendships. Ya know, you’re friends for a while and then you’re not, I haven’t talked to Carmen in forever. But I consider her a friend, yeah, I was invited to her wedding and she’s an amazing girl. Just a sweetheart of a girl. But yeah, you meet some cool people, really cool people. And then there’s that bullshit Hollywood friendship, that I’m just not into.
How often do you meet someone [famous, on your show] that week, then you’re hanging out with them, two days later?
Oh, very rarely. [For example,] I was introduced to Rose McGowan through Daniella. So it wasn’t like she came on the show, and then we went out. Just through Linda Ramone and Daniella, that I even know Rose [like that]. But some people you meet, like Linda Ramone is just a frigging character and has stories for days — she fascinates me. And she knows every amazing … like [going out] last night, every incredible guitarist was there, so it was Kurt Hammet from Metallica and John Frusciante from the Chili Peppers, and Billy [Zoom] from the band X, Steve Jones from the Sex Pistols, these incredible people at Linda’s birthday party. To me it’s music, it’s the soundtrack of your life, so it’s like looking around the room going, “damn!” But yeah, I think through Daniella, I’ve met the most interesting people. But I never meet people on Good Day LA, and we go out that week. I think that’s happened a couple of times, maybe, but yeah, I think it happened with Carmen [Electra]. Carmen came on and we were hanging out of a little bit but, it’s rare. Especially now when I have two kids and a husband… back when I was single, please! Yeah, I’d meet girls, Carmen was single, I was single, we partied like rock stars, we had a lot of fun.
How does a blogger / internet personality such as myself, go about getting himself a Canadian wife?
Yeah, Canadian girls are just… oh, man. I gotta tell you, my husband and I, we just got back from Canada, and he’s like, “It’s just different, people are fucking nice, and they’re just polite, and they’re cool, and they’re not affected.” And you know how in LA, everybody’s in the business, or everybody’s trying to get into the business, so if you’re a waiter, you’re really an actor, you’re never what you really are. You’re always wanting to be something else. And up there, they are what they are and they’re totally comfortable with it and I think there’s a real attractiveness about that. Yeah, you need to go up to Toronto or Montreal, they’ve got INCREDIBLE women up there. And just really, really, really down [to earth]. Just fun girls. I had a sister who was single. She just got married – she’s 29. How old are you? [editor: me, I'm 28]. See? Could have been perfect.
I’ve actually been to three Canadian cities! Hehe.
Oh you have? Let me guess, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal…
You got two of three! Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa.
*Gasp* The Nation’s capital! And what brought you to Ottawa?
That was a business trip in my previous [occupational] lifetime. Lolz. “Business development” trip, out there.
Well, Ottawa’s not Vancouver or Toronto, they’re just great cities and Montreal’s just… man, it’s great! I mean, I’ve been really fortunate to be working in Montreal, Miami, and then LA. So I never really struggled in the really small markets, that blow. I just always have been really, really, really fortunate in my career to work in these incredible cities. I mean Miami *sigh*, I’d move back there in a heartbeat.
When I was visiting Toronto, I had planned out my whole weekend, and the first night, I did more of the cliche, touristy thing, but by the second and third night, I was like, “I’m not down with this touristy bullshit.” Since I’m a people person, I told myself I’m going where the locals go. So, we went to the Drake Hotel, the rooftop, and we’re talking to some cougar chicks, and then I was trying to figure out where’s an after hours club, and the waiter was like, “yo, talk to that guy over there.” So I started talking to this guy and he ended up actually being a big Howard Stern fan, and then we started talking about Stern and at the same time he had his OWN after hours club, [which he invited us to]...
That’s hilarious, you’re right, it’s an amazing city. And people are great, people are just really cool up there. You know I was adopted and I grew up in a town called Burlington, and my whole birth family was in Toronto, so my mom and dad, put me up for adoption and they ended up getting married, three months later and had two girls, so I have two full sisters, and they grew up in the heart of the city, so they know it. Like my sister knows it like the back of her hand. And that’s where she has lived her whole life, and it’s sort of fun for me, that she’s like you, she knows all of the underground clubs, she works for the Toronto International Film Festival, her husband writes for avant garde magazines and publications and stuff – they’re that couple, which is really fun, ya know? Really fun.
Nod, thank you for your time, Jillian!
Shabooty, you’re welcome and continued success. It’s really cool that you’re doing this and you’re just a really cool guy. I really, really, dig your tweets, it’s just fun to read them.
It is…I love it, what can I say?
The thing I love about twitter is that you know within 30 seconds whether or not you’ve just said something funny, because you get your re-tweets, [if you're funny].
Yeah, I’m bad with that [retweeting] — sometimes I’ll start laughing and I’ll go down to the next one I haven’t retweeted. And you never know who’s reading. You’d be surprised because you can say something about somebody, and then they can be like, “hey @askjillian! What’s up?”
Or let’s say you tweeted something ten minutes ago, then you start an IM conversation with a chick, and you’re like, “hey, guess what?” And they’re like, “Oh, I already know.”
Yeah exactly, exactly, but yeah, thank you.
No, I appreciate it.
Yeah, keep up the good work. Alright shabooty, thanks a lot man, continued success, best of luck!
Alright, thank you Jillian.
I’ll talk to you on twitter!
For Part 1 & 2 of my interview with Jillian Barberie of Good Day LA go here: