Cheryl Hines talks about her work life and home life — and how they connect.
The Curb your enthusiasm The star, 56, was interviewed by Alec Baldwin for his Here’s the Thing podcast – and opened up about how Larry David, her TV husband of more than two decades, was behind meeting her now-husband Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
“He introduced us – just because we were at the same event,” Hines said. “But later Larry said, ‘That’s a terrible idea. No, no, no – don’t get involved.”Cut we’ve been married eight years” — exactly. Their anniversary is August 2nd.
Between them, Hines and Kennedy, 68, share seven children — she has one, he has six — and different views of the world, at times. There was no greater example for the environmental activist and attorney, who has become a strong voice in the anti-vaccine movement, compared the COVID vaccine mandates to the Holocaust earlier this year.
And while he didn’t touch on that issue, having publicly called Kennedy’s remarks “reprehensible and insensitive” at the time, he did talk about how they learn from each other.
For her, it gave her a better understanding of the environment and the legal side of fighting companies that harm people. For him, “I think I’ve taught him that I don’t want to say he’s more ‘funny and playful’ than his public persona suggests,” he began. “Hopefully I’m teaching him to check it at the door. Like you’re not bringing everything home. He’s invested in so many heavy-hitting causes that he’s like, ‘Oh, man.’ Sometimes you just have to watch 30 Rock and take your mind off things.’
He added, “Sometimes I get so frustrated and I’m like, ‘Look, yeah, we all die from everything. Whatever you think is killing us, it is. Is. So let’s enjoy the night.”
Hines admitted that she found it “familiar” meeting the Kennedy clan when she first started dating her now-husband in 2012. However, she called them “much more welcoming and kind than you could ever imagine.”
Hines shared stories from her career, dating back to her first job after moving to Los Angeles and working as an unpaid intern going through the motions. She recalled her boss advising her to “get a breast job” if she wanted to make it, but she didn’t take the advice.
“At the time, I didn’t even think about it – and it didn’t seem necessary,” he said. “I went home and started thinking about all the actresses I really admired and if breast size had anything to do with it. Like, ‘Goldie Hawn’s not big.'” Finally she decided, “I don’t think breast size has anything to do with it.” this. These are the places I will go. I’m not dying to be Baywatch.”
Hines found her niche performing improv and sketch comedy with the Groundlings, where the future The friends Star Lisa Kudrow was her first teacher. He was also assistant to director Rob Reiner for two years. After the Curb your enthusiasm the audition — which was looking for an “unknown actress” to play David’s wife — changed her life.
“I said well, how old is this guy? Isn’t he… old?” she recalled before meeting David, now 75. “I knew nothing about him.”
The audition wasn’t exactly smooth sailing. Just before she walked in, the casting director warned her, “”Don’t touch Larry. He doesn’t like people not touching him.” And also that the show had to feel like a documentary “So if at any point it feels fake… the audition will be over.” And… here’s Larry.”
Luckily it worked, and they’ve been fooling around for 21 years — and he hopes for many, many more.
“I could do it every day, all day for the rest of my life,” he said.