$#*! My Dad Says alum Nicole Sullivan is lighting up the small screen in Wendell & Vinnie, the new Nickelodeon show premiering Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. and again Sunday at 8 p.m. Nicole plays Wilma, a no-nonsense attorney who is constantly judging her brother (Vinnie) and his parenting style.
Nicole opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about her two sons Dash, 5, and Beckett, 3, who are all about LEGO. She goes on to clarify her recent quote about Jessica Alba and fellow A-list moms who lie about shedding the postpartum pounds, and how she’s been maintaining her 35-pound weight loss.
CBS: Tell us all about your new Nick at Nite show Wendell & Vinnie. What is it all about? When does it premiere?
NS: “Wendell & Vinnie is a show that features a sort of reversed odd couple; there’s a kid named Wendell who’s thirteen going on thirty and his uncle Vinnie who is a thirty-year-old going on thirteen.
Wendell is left to Vinnie because his parents passed away. Vinnie is this free-spirited, video game-loving, eating-out-of-the-carton kind of guy. Wendell is this uptight, homework-loving studious kid. In the show, they learn to navigate the waters together. It premieres on Saturday, February 16th at 8 p.m. and Sunday again at 8 p.m. on Nickelodeon.”
CBS: We hear you’re playing a no-nonsense lawyer named Wilma. Tell us more about your character.
NS: “Wilma is Vinnie’s sister and she’s a very successful and fabulous lawyer. She’s not the most maternal person in the world, which is why the parents didn’t leave Wendell with her. She’s ticked off about that. We see her coming into their lives. For example, she judges Vinnie for his parenting but she probably couldn’t do much of a better job. We also get to watch her go on a series of horrible dates over the season.”
CBS: How are your boys doing? What are they into these days? What do they do to make you laugh?
NS: “My boys are super! I just dropped them off at gymnastics. They’re doing great. The wintertime is always rough with the cold, because one kid has a runny nose at all given times. Now that that is ending and the weather is getting warmer, it’s great.
They are so fabulous and my five-and-a-half-year-old just amazes me. He is so intuitive…he just gets things. His memory is ridiculous, and he’s becoming really fun to have around to ask him questions about things.
My boys are also into LEGO. The problem is, we want LEGO around all the time, but it takes an hour and a half to build whatever it is we build, but it’s back in pieces in twelve minutes [laughs]. We have probably two thousand, four hundred LEGO pieces scattered around—random little LEGO heads, little LEGO bodies…everything is all over the place.
My little one is a born comedian, much to my dismay [laughs]. He’s the actor of the group. Everything he does is hilarious. He’s ridiculously lazy and I wish I could find other words for it [laughs]. I asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and he said, ‘A fireman. Ugh, but I’d get so tired’ [laughs].”
CBS: Do you celebrate Earth Day with your boys? If so, what do you do? How do you teach your sons to be eco-friendly?
NS: “Earth Day also falls on my birthday, so if it was a choice I am going to choose my birthday over Earth Day [laughs]. I wish I was that green. The boys do activities at school for Earth Day. Kids these days know more about that stuff than I do. They tell me, ‘Oh mom, you shouldn’t use that product, that’s got such and such in it,’ or they’ll say, ‘You shouldn’t throw away that water bottle, you should re-fill it.’ I’m just like, ‘Oh, good point!’
If we were going to do anything for Earth Day, they should probably plan it, as they are much more on top of it. My sons are very eco-friendly. It’s amazing. The bad news is that I drive a Land Rover, which gets like 10 miles to the gallon. In return, I use cloth diapers with my kids as a trade-off [laughs].”
CBS: We love seeing you on Cougar Town. Will you be returning as Courteney Cox’s therapist?
NS: “Yes, if we go for another season. It looks like Cougar Town will probably get picked up for another season. I will be back as the therapist, because Lord knows that character needs therapy [laughs].”
NS: “I felt bad, because I don’t know Jessica Alba at all. What I was saying – and stand behind – is that in all these magazines, you see all these thin people with headlines like, Four Weeks After Baby, Six Weeks Post-Baby, Two Months Post-Baby. It’s an unrealistic goal to ask people to do that.
These celebrities sometimes flippantly say, ‘I lost the weight by just chasing after the kids!’ It’s not realistic and it’s not how it happened. It makes regular moms dismayed and saddens them and makes them think, ‘Oh gosh, if they all can do it, why can’t I?’
In reality, most of them have a meal plan, a personal trainer, and so many things at their disposal that regular moms don’t have. That’s why I think the magazines are especially hurtful. All they show are these results and they don’t show the reality that they have a lot of things and a lot of cash at their disposal to help them lose weight.”
CBS: How’s your weight loss maintenance going? Training for any upcoming marathons?
NS: “It’s going great! I weigh in once a month with Jenny and it’s wonderful. For someone like me who has battled weight, I need to be held accountable. Left to my own devices, things can go south. I know this about myself.
With Jenny Craig, I see my consultants once a month and we talk about things. It might be, ‘So you’re down, should we talk about that?’ or ‘You’ve lost a few pounds, should we talk about that?’ It’s really important for me to do that. That’s why I love Jenny Craig —you’re not on your own. You have someone there for you.
Once a month you can touch base and talk about what you have coming up in the next month that is going to be hard. For example, you might be going away to New Orleans for two days and they will say, ‘Oh, what is the plan for that?’ So it’s extremely helpful to me.
In regard to whether I am training for any upcoming marathons, I have a half-marathon in April.”