Cheryl Hines says Larry David thought it was a ‘terrible idea’ when she teamed up with Robert Kennedy Jr. – even though he introduced them
Cheryl Hines talks about her professional life and her family life – and how they are connected.
The Calm your enthusiasm 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 her meeting 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. Plan on we’ve been married eight years” – exactly; their anniversary is August 2.
Between them, Hines and Kennedy, 68, share seven children — she has one, he has six — and sometimes different worldviews. No better example has been on the heels of the environmental activist and lawyer, who has become a strong voice in the anti-vaccine movement, compared COVID vaccine mandates to the Holocaust earlier this year.
And while she didn’t address it, having publicly called Kennedy’s remarks “reprehensible and insensitive” at the time, she did talk about how they learn from each other.
For her, it made her better understand the environment and the legal side of fighting companies that hurt people. For him, “I think I taught him to I don’t mean to chill out because he’s ‘more’ funny and playful” than his public persona suggests, she began. “I hope I teach him to check at the door. Like not bringing everything home. He’s invested himself in so many heavyweight causes that it’s like, ‘Oh man. Sometimes you just need to watch 30 Rock and change your mind.”
She added, “Sometimes I get so frustrated and I’m like, ‘Look, yeah, we’re all dying of everything. Whatever you think is killing us, it is. It is. So let’s enjoy the night.”
Hines admitted she found meeting the Kennedy clan ‘intimidating’ when she started dating her husband in 2012. However, she called them ‘much friendlier and more welcoming than you might imagine. “.
Hines shared stories from his career, dating back to his first job after moving to Los Angeles as an unpaid intern through headshots. She recalled her boss advising her to “get a job” if she wanted to succeed in the business, but didn’t take the advice.
“At that time, I hadn’t even thought about it – and it didn’t seem necessary,” she said. “I got home and started thinking about all the actresses I really admire and whether breast size had anything to do with it. Like, ‘Goldie Hawn doesn’t have big ones. “” Eventually she decided, “I don’t think those are the parts I’m going for. I’m not dying to be on Baywatch.”
Hines found his footing performing improv and comedy with the Groundlings, where the future Friends star Lisa Kudrow was his first teacher. She was also director Rob Reiner’s assistant for two years. Then the Calm your enthusiasm the audition – which was looking for an “unknown actress” to play David’s wife – changed his life.
“Did I say how old is this guy?” Isn’t he…old? she recalls before meeting David, now 75. “I didn’t know anything about him.”
The audition wasn’t really smooth. Just before she walked in, the casting director warned her, “‘Don’t touch Larry. He doesn’t like being touched.'” And also that the show was supposed to look like a documentary. , “” So if at any point it seems wrong … the audition will be over. “And…this is Larry.”
Luckily, it worked and they’ve been joking for 21 years — and she hopes for many, many more.
“I could do it every day, all day for the rest of my life,” she said.