Catching Up With Jeff Lewis


By Gregory Miller

Do you think it's healthy to date your supervisor?
I wouldn't say that I'm Gage's boss, per se. I think the only reason this works is that we have two completely different jobs. What my responsibilities are and what his responsibilities are are two completely different things. We're not together, side-by-side, all day long. He's in the office, he's on the phone all day, he's meeting with people, as well. And I'm gone most of the day. Jenni and I are basically stuck to each other's sides all day long. But then Jenni goes home at 8:00. So Gage and I aren't stuck to each other all day long. When I get home, we can spend time together, and it's not like we've been together all day long. And I think that's how it works. I don't understand how these spouses or people who have significant others that are working with them, I don't see how they do it -- being in an office side-by-side all day long and then going home and spending the evening together. That's just too much togetherness for me.

There's been a lot of baby talk on the past in the show. Have you and Gage thought about having kids?
Absolutely, we've discussed it in depth. I don't think I would be with someone who didn't want to ultimately have children because that is something that I want to do. It's funny, in my mind I have this mental checklist that's like, Relationship? Check. Home? Check. And then there's some business things I want to do, and then I believe children are next. I would say, two, three years, that's going to happen. Somebody's going to give me a kid, hopefully. I just hope to God they don't see the show because I think that would blow my chances. I don't necessarily want to do the surrogacy thing. A lot of my friends have, but I just really am focused on adoption. I think there are a lot of children who need homes, and that's really what I want to do. I'm not such an egomaniac that I need to procreate, that I need to spread my genes. I don't even know if that's a good idea. Can you imagine the list of disorders that this child could potentially have? If I were to do it, I'd probably rather use Gage's genetics. Gage would probably be the natural father, but I'm hoping I don't have to go that route because I really prefer to adopt.

In one of the previews for the new season, there's mention of Zoila, your housekeeper, and breast implants. Please tell me that's a joke.
Well, for Zoila's birthday I really wanted to trump what I gave her last year, which was the Mini Cooper. So I gave her the elective plastic surgery of her choice. It ended up being seven procedures. She got Botox, collagen, laser, a chemical peel, a neck-lift, a full face lift, and an upper and lower eye lift. She looks amazing.

Did it change her life?
It totally changed her life. I kept asking her over and over, and I showed her horrible pictures on the internet of face lifts gone wrong. I said to her, 'You sure you want to do this? This is a major, major surgery.' And she said, 'I absolutely want to do this.' A couple of weeks later, she said to me, 'Jeffrey, every morning I look at my face in the mirror, and I thank you so much for my new face.'

Sounds like she's 'more lucky.'
I think she's more lucky. That's our whole argument that we don't even want to go into.

Is Jenni destined to become an old maid?
I really don't want to jinx it, but Jenni is dating someone really seriously, and it could potentially be a marriage situation. I'm really hoping she doesn't screw it up. She can sometimes tend to be a little needy. I've given her the book The Rules, and I've asked her to read it. She won't read it. She doesn't want to play games. But you know, I think it's important to be a little bit unavailable because guys like that challenge. I think she's sometimes a little too available. She's a little too, God, I hate to say it, but, desperate. She really wants someone in her life, and she really wants to get married, so I hope it works out for her. Thank God the guy is in Chicago, so there's a little bit of mystery to it. They travel back and forth, which I think is exciting and romantic. I just really hope it works.

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