Committed to Being Out

2.9.2005

By Jeffrey Epstein

And I see that.

I have to tell you, when you find that person you are dying to run home to after years and years and years, that's what matters. Nothing's ever changed between Melissa and me. We've never gotten bored, we don't spend too much time together; we don't spend enough time together, you know?

How's she doing? [Etheridge was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year.]

She's doing good. She's doing great. She's done with chemo, and she will be doing home radiation. Then we're back to where we were before we got knocked off.

Before, she was on the road and you were home with the kids a lot. Is she home with the kids more now since you're busy? Or do you bring them to set?

I have. I've brought them to work a couple of times and they think it's fascinating. I think it's really, really healthy for them to see women working. I think it's really great that they have two great moms that work and are great role models, and I say bring them to every job so they can see. And I don't just say, 'Hey, watch what I do. Memorizing the lines is the best!' I go, 'Hey, that woman's name is Lowie. She's craft services'she's in charge of food. You might want to do that'' Everybody's got a job so you just want the kids to see everybody's job. Am I boring you?

No, not at all, are you kidding? It's so funny to hear you speak so lovingly about the kids, and then to watch you play Tess. But I realize that deep down, despite her bizarre methods of child rearing, she really does love the kids.

Exactly. I look at every adult as if they are a culmination of their experiences. You can look at my character, Tess, and assume that as a child she didn't have anybody appropriate around her, so how are you supposed to know what's appropriate unless you learn? So Tess is a good girl, she's got a good heart, but she likes drinking and gambling and she's not sure how to handle children, but she means well.

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