Jenna Elfman, Golden Globe-winning actress for her role as the ditzy Dharma on ABC’s hit sitcom Dharma & Greg, is set to return to TV in the CBS sitcom, Accidentally on Purpose. She plays a 30-something movie critic who has a one-night stand with a 20-something slacker and winds up pregnant. “It was so fresh and so witty, I really went after it,” the 37-year-old mother-of-one said. In an interview with Parade, Jenna opens up about her return to the small screen, her successful 14-year marriage to fellow actor Bodhi Elfman, their 2-year-old son Story Elias and their plans for another baby.
On choosing Story Elias’ unique name: “We had the name before we had the baby. My husband just turned to me one night and said, ‘Story Elias Elfman,’ and I said, ‘Done—there’s nothing better than a great story.’”
On having more children: “We’re taking our time, but we’re definitely going to have another kid for sure.”
On their lively and adventurous household: “It’s not like my husband and I are shy, quiet types. And Story is fearless—he’ll do flips over my body like I’m a human jungle gym. There’s always a lot of laughter, music playing, lots of screaming and drumming and chasing each other around the house. We have a very happy, adventurous household. It’s awesome, and I’m proud of it. It’s alive in here.”
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On raising Story to live and healthy and active lifestyle: “I was raised as a dancer, so I’ve always been very active with my body. And I’ve found that being confident with your body is a very beneficial thing to living a healthy life. That’s why I want Story to have that, too.”
On any fears about returning to TV: “Are you kidding? After four years of trying to develop a new show, this was like striking gold! You know how many times I’ve gone into my backyard and just said to myself, ‘I’m moving to Montana and quitting acting’? There have been definite bumps in the road, but I don’t let them get me down for too long. And that’s why I’m so grateful and appreciative now.”
On the first time she met Bodhi at an audition for a Sprite commercial: “My husband’s quite funny, and he made me laugh. At the wardrobe fitting, I was so excited to see him, and I just got this overwhelming sense of joy and comfort and familiarity. To this day, 18 years later, I have the same reaction—most of the time.”