Q and A With… Brooke Shields

The Lipstick Jungle star on love, lingerie, those racy sex scenes… and more.

In NBC’s Lipstick Jungle, you are a married movie executive who tries to juggle everything in her life. Do you think that women can “have it all”—the career, the romance, etc.? And what do you bring to your role from your own life in this regard?

I don’t think it’s a question of whether you can or can’t. I think it’s a question of admitting what you want and being OK with wanting it. I can identify with the struggles that Wendy feels and how it manifests in her life. There’s really never a moment when she’s really just able to take care of herself, and I think a lot of women find themselves in that position.

I have a family, I have a husband, and I have a career. And I never feel at any time that I’m 100 percent in any one role. I’m always bouncing back thinking that I’m not enough in any one area. So that’s my dilemma. But it doesn’t stop me from wanting to be as self-realized as I can.

Did you have any reluctance to sign up for a show that was going to involve quite a few love scenes?

Well first of all, when we signed up all of us were basically signing on to a 9:00 p.m. show. Once we became a 10:00 p.m. show, we were all taking a trip to the lingerie shop and practically all crying!

So how do you approach the love scenes?

I thought I would be more the comic relief and I’m turning out to have as many love scenes as the other girls do. So you know, I’m really pretty proud to be a mom of two and able to put on the wardrobe they give to me and not need the body double!

It’s a shout out to women to say, you know, you should be proud of what your body looks like at this age. And why not? If you have the right light, you can show it off! Lighting is everything!

Do you get any scenes with the very sexy Andrew McCarthy? Did you guys know each other back in the 80s when you were both up and coming?

Yeah. I was a fan from the 1980s and was much more like a groupie for him! And now we just—we wax pathetic often when we’re in the makeup trailer. Unfortunately, he’s already taken by the lovely, talented, smart, sexy Lindsay, so I don’t stand a chance. Plus I’m married!

What I liked is that the men on the series are more than just two-dimensional,
jerk-y characters.

We love the men in this series. We celebrate them. We need them. These characters realize who they are with and without them. And they don’t have to negate them to augment their own selves, which I think is really important because it’s reality.

Contributing entertainment editor Susan L. Hornik is based in Los Angeles.
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