Jerry O’Connell refused to watch Rebecca Romijn give birth

For the fans of Project Runway, last week’s episode featuring a “maternity” challenge was exciting. Since it was filmed many months ago, we got to see a very pregnant Rebecca Romijn as the judge – and she was good! I enjoyed seeing Heidi Klum and Rebecca interact with another – they seemed very close. But the show was just a reminder that Rebecca gave birth back in January – and that the current season of Project Runway is nearly one year old. But never mind about that – beggars can’t be choosers, and I need my Project Runway fix.

Jerry O’Connell is opening up about Rebecca’s pregnancy, the birth of their twin girls Dolly and Charlie, and how Rebecca’s losing the weight. I’ve always been kind of “meh” about Jerry, but he comes across as really sweet and a little clueless in this interview, to Fox News Pop Tarts. Jerry describes his lack of any desire to watch the birth of his twin girls, which is something I can completely understand. Granted, I’ve never been pregnant or anything, but if and when it happens, I think I’ll tell my husband/partner that it’s okay not to look. Jerry also talks about how oblivious he is as to whether Rebecca is dieting:

Jerry O’Connell is the proud father of twin girls Dolly Rebecca Rose and Charlie Tamara Tulip, but the “Stand By Me” star couldn’t actually stand by his wife with his eyes open during their birth last December.

“I was there for the birth but I did not look though. A friend of mine said ‘listen, I’ve looked so I’m giving you a piece of advice – I don’t think you should look’ so I didn’t actually see anything,” O’Connell told Tarts at the Much Love Animal Rescue Dinner in Hollywood on the weekend.

But when we asked if his swimsuit supermodel wife Rebecca Romijn was back to her perfect pre-pregnancy body, he did hesitate a little.

“Yes… yes I guess she is. She looks great, back into the pilates,” O’Connell said. “She’s stopped breast-feeding so it slows down a little, I don’t know the particulars. But we had a very large lunch today and we had dessert so I don’t think she’s dieting per se.”

Romijn has infact bounced back to work and is busy filming ABC’s new supernatural series “Eastwick”, prompting O’Connell to enroll in law school.

“I got the short straw for not working so I’m going to grad school part-time. I can do my homework and watch the kids at the same time,” he added. “But Rebecca misses the girls a lot when she’s at work so I bring them around and let them bother her on set.”

[From Fox News]

He’s cute, right? I thought this was really sweet. I know there are a lot of women who are like “he must experience every aspect of childbirth, including how dilated my vadge is” but that just seems like the kind of thing that scars most men. In another recent interview he told E! News that he and Rebecca aren’t interesting in having any more babies: “This is it. Factory closed. It’s over. Now we’re just adopting dogs.”

He also described taking his daughters to Rebecca’s Eastwick set, and said: “The hardest thing is being in a public place like a store or a restaurant—or on your wife’s TV show set!—and smelling number two, and knowing it’s one of your children. Those situations are always embarrassing. I went to my wife’s work yesterday, and she was in the middle of a very dramatic scene. And I had the kids there, and one of them was like, ‘Bwaaahhh.’ It was very verbal and busted the scene up. I thought it was funny, but I don’t think the director did, so I got the heck out of there. I had a long talk with the girls about show business, but I don’t think they had any idea what the heck I was talking about.”

Okay, they’re now one of my new favorite couples. Jerry is so cute about his girls. I think at this point, he’s just happy to be a stay-at-home dad… which is really cool. Jerry is going to law school part-time now, LA’s Southwestern Law School. When he announced it a few weeks ago, he said “I had always planned on continuing my education at some point and because my wife is working on Eastwick, which is on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. this fall, and I’m home all day with the girls, I figured I would take a couple of classes at night. It was either that or play video games until 2 a.m.”

Jerry O’Connell is shown with his twins on 8/12/09. Credit: Fame Pictures

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  1. happymom says:

    I love him! And I’m guessing, because they had twins, that she had a c-section. No way I would watch either-and I’ve had 4 kids!

  2. Roma says:

    There is no way I’m going to let my man look at my hooey, if and when I give birth. I want him to think of that’s where he goes in, not where babies come out.

  3. Embee says:

    I find all his comments to be sweet, loving and supportive. Love that he doesn’t know whether she’s dieting or not–her figure sounds to be a very low priority of his!

    I also think his continuing his education is admirable and sets a wonderful example to his girls.

    Oh, and nice plug for Eastwick–lol!

  4. wow says:

    Smart choice. Most men never come back the same after witnessing their wife/girlfriend give birth. Some say it messes up their sex life afterwards.

    I wonder if Rebecca’s filming a new series mean she’s not returning to Ugly Betty, or that Ugly Betty won’t be renewed after this upcoming season? Hmmm…

  5. boo says:

    Probably was a C-section with twins and there is no way I would want my boyfriend or husband watching. I hate it when women are like, “oh if I have to go through a pregnancy and delivery they are watching and throughout the pregnancy they will not drink or smoke pot either”.

    Very cool he is going back to school. Says a lot about his character.

  6. Kevin says:

    He should be happy and appreciative! He married WAY THE FREEK outa his league. Not that I’m a fan of hers because I’m not. She probably couldn’t pull a Butt Sniffing audition with DeCraprio. Modeling is the most cop out, no talent, kinda celebrity there is, other than offspring celebrity, and rap celebrity. (In my opinion).

  7. Ro says:

    Wow, a celebrity couple who seem to not be weird.

  8. Shane says:

    As someone who has personally witnessed a baby emerging from a gaping vag….


  9. Jess says:

    Giving birth is just plain gross. Especially if you poop. I don’t even want to know. My hubby just stared at the wall the whole time.

  10. filthycute says:

    I’ve always loved Jerry. More so after his famous Tom Cruise impersonation (based on that crazy $cientology interview).

  11. lilmiss says:

    My Hubby is an MD and he didnt “watch” either, he was there with me the whole time, each time, and stayed at my head with me. 🙂

  12. Ana says:

    I didn’t allow anyone in the room except my husband. I expected him to stay at my head but when the nurse said she could see the baby he started looking.
    I asked him later if he thought it was gross and he said “No it was my baby.”
    But he didn’t say anything about my vadge. Lol. It hasn’t ruined our sex life. But I can see how it could tramatize other people.
    I love that stroller. And the fact that he’s going back to school instead of playing video games until 2 am.

  13. Allie says:

    This is funny. I agree that my husband and I felt no need to look while I was giving birth. When they asked if I wanted to feel my daughter’s head as she was crowning, I yelled No! No! No! Even in my birthing stupor, I knew that would freak me out.

    On topic: I’ve always thought Jerry was a very cute and sweet guy. Rebecca is lucky, especially after being with John Stamos.

  14. Fat Elvis says:

    My husband witnessed the birth of both our children and our sex life is stellar. That being said, I would never judge anyone for preferring to avert his or her eyes. What really matters is how you behave as a parent once the baby arrives.

  15. wif says:

    It’s a personal choice. My husband watched the birth of both our children and if you could have seen the look of pure joy and amazement on his face when they came out, you could understand why some don’t think it’s gross. I watched the birth of my second in a mirror and it was really cool, and awe-inspiring. Neither of us has had a problem with my vadge since.

  16. Magsy says:

    What a wuss. Penises are ugly too.

  17. Katyusha says:

    I’m glad the majority seem to agree on this. I haven’t had children, but I watched a live vaginal birth once on TLC or whatever it was, and I’d never been so horrified in my life. I was traumatized.
    That folks, was my decision to never have babies.

    And I’m just speaking in general here, but I’ve talked to men who have watched their wives give birth, and also say it’s a horrifying sight. Of course they’re ecstatic and couldn’t be happier, but I doubt one would give a look other than pure enjoyment when watching the birth of his child.

  18. girl says:

    At least he is honest about it and he doesn’t come off as a total douche. I think birth is fascinating to watch and so does my husbnad. We have had both vaginal and c/s. With the c/s I really was able to see way more than the medical staff probably intended but I wish I could have seen more.

    I totally do not blame my husband for not wanting to watch that though. That isn’t the way babies normally come out and frankly it is probably pretty freaky to watch that old magician’s trick of sawing a woman in half happen in real life.

    For a vaginal birth though, I guess people should be able to compartmentalize. The natural progression is for sex to happen then possibly a baby being the result that you get to meet in several months. It is the same thing with breasts. DH enjoys my breasts even though they are “working” breasts and are currently feeding our youngest child.

    I guess it is rather admirable though that he recognizes that he doesn’t posses that ability to compartmentalize. It is quite possible to watch your wife give birth and not have problems with visualizing her vagina afterwards. Plus Kegels help.

  19. Nova says:

    I had twins naturally and my husband was there by my side with no complaints. He was awesome and nothing he saw phased him in the least. I guess it just depends on the guy….mine did wonderfully! 🙂

  20. I choose me says:

    “and because my wife is working on Eastwick, which is on Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. this fall.”

    I love how he plugged his wife’s show in the middle of that sentence. I’ve always thought he was cute and funny and this article makes me like him even more.

    As for him not watching…I’m a married woman with no kids but should the day come that I have a baby, I would not let my husband watch even if he wanted to, which he most emphatically does not. Heck just to hear what my sisters and some of my friends describe what they went through when they were birthing their babies is enough to make ME clench up. So I don’t blame him at all.

  21. Amy says:

    I’m more impressed that he went grocery shopping with his twins with no nanny, assistant or friend in sight. I’ve never seen any of the female celebrities who like promote themselves as “normal moms” do that. Rebecca is one lucky woman.

  22. veganmama says:

    I think these comments are so sad but not surprising. Birth has been totally removed from our culture, just like breastfeeding. Like breastfeeding, people have a ‘I don’t want to see that” attitude even though it’s perfectly normal. I’ve had the honor of witnessing 2 births other than my own and most people I know are envious!! I couldn’t have paid my husband not to watch his sons being born – he wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

  23. Hieronymus Grex says:

    I didn’t watch either technically I was to busy folding the ex in half and yelling “PUSH!!” to see anything. Shelly damn near broke my hand at on point.

  24. JuniperGreen says:

    Veganmama (I’m also a vegan mama!), I completely agree with you. Reading down this list of comments I was actually kind of shocked….or more saddened, actually.

  25. Terry says:

    Love the part about studying and watching the twins at the same time. As somebody who went to law school, let me tell you they expect a lot more time than old Jerry realizes. The first time a professor on monday morning hands him 500 pages to read by wednesday, he’s going to have a wake-up call.

  26. Ana says:

    veganmama– Some people just don’t want to see all the blood and gore that happens.
    Personally, I can watch a vaginal birth but it does gross me out a little.
    As for c-sections, I can’t watch those.
    And breastfeeding has been making a comeback. Although most moms don’t breastfeed for very long it’s still an improvement.
    I think it’s natural, but I still used a blanket. I didn’t want everyone seeing my boob. And I didn’t want to make anyone uncomfortable.

  27. Wil says:

    What a bunch of wimps…. I understand IF someone doesn’t want to watch, but come on –scarring for life?? SERIOUSLY? Have we become so vain in our lives, that we can’t appreciate something amazing like the creation of life?

    I watched my first child born C Section, watched my 2nd born vaginally (and cut the cord). All I saw were my beautiful daughters being born. The rest is just nature. I never looked at my wife any differently. I never cared that she didn’t have the same figure. I always saw her as the mother of my children!!

    I am so blessed that I was able to witness my daughters’ births!!

  28. Hieronymus Grex says:

    Wil, Veganmama, Juniper, the thing about nailing yourself to a cross, is once you do one hand, how are you going to hammer down the other one ?

  29. Katyusha says:

    let’s be honest. Breast feeding is not comparable to watching a live birth. There is no blood, fluids and grossness when breastfeeding is involved. If people have a hard time with it, who are you to condemn or judge them for it?

    It has nothing to do with vanity and everything to do with dealing with something that is not pretty. You can say it’s amazing all you want, i’m sure it is, but it’s still gory.

  30. barneslr says:

    @veganmama: “people have a ‘I don’t want to see that” attitude even though it’s perfectly normal”

    It’s perfectly normal to poop, too, but that doesn’t mean everyone wants to watch someone else do it.

    Just because something is “natural” or “normal” doesn’t mean that it’s for everyone. You are being very judgemental here. This is a personal decision that each person/couple should make for themselves.

    What’s right for one person is not necessarily right for someone else. That doesn’t make either person superior to the other. It just makes them different, which is also “normal” and “natural.”