Where Are They Now: Jenny Shimizu


By Dustin Fitzharris

Tell us about your new film, Bob's New Suit.
I did that in Los Angeles right before I left. I did it because it was another one of those 'yes' things. I don't want to give it away, but it deals with a very different kind of family. There is typically a type of role they want me to play. So, I was like, 'OK, I'm going to play a lesbian. Whatever. Great.' Then the director said, 'No, actually I want you to play the love interest.' Then I was shown the outfits, and it was all going to be heels and dresses. I was like, 'Oh, my God!'

What did you think?
Anything that drives me crazy or that makes me feel so uncomfortable has always been a blessing. So I told the director 'Yes,' and I had such a great experience.

In 2005, you married Rebecca Loose on TV to take a stand on same-sex marriage.
That was a faux wedding!

Yes, but do you keep in touch with your TV bride?
I did for a long time, and I actually went and visited her. She's real fun. She's totally a nice girl. She recently had a kid, and she moved away too. So I haven't talked to her in about a year.

Is it true you love your Big Macs? How do you keep in such good shape?
This is how I've always been. A lot of people say [about their figure], 'I drink water, and I work out.' I think it's just genetics. I actually am still a fan [of Big Macs], but now that I'm older it's true, your body craves good things, like vegetables or raw food. I actually eat very healthy now. I do once in a while partake of Mickey D's about three times a year for the memory.

In June, you turned 43. What have you learned throughout the years?
I'm a slow learner. So for me I really feel like I'm starting to feel super comfortable. I'm at that point where I'm thinking, 'Maybe I do want a relationship.' I never thought of a relationship as something you keep for a long time. It was always like the next adventure. Now is really that reflective time where I'm thinking, Maybe I do want to get a cabin somewhere and share it with somebody.

What do you look for in a woman?
I'm always attracted to super creative types. Physically, I love brunettes. That's just my thing. I love girls with long hair. Now I realize I do have this type because after 40-plus years of being alive you tend to see that there are cycles, and I've never been able to get out of this one. I don't like girls who wear a lot of makeup. I don't like any of that stuff. I really like a natural beauty. Everything my parents or older people ever told me has been true. You know, 'Don't hurt your back. Watch out for your knees, and it's all about relationships.'

But you did get hurt. You were in a motorcycle accident.
I've been in many. I got laid out for seven months in 2005. I broke my leg in 16 places. I dislocated both of my shoulders. I had horrible operations. It was a really interesting lesson because it really taught me to slow down physically and emotionally. It also taught me how to use the Internet.

After everything you've done and accomplished, what are you the most proud of?
Well, that's really difficult to say. Maybe just being a really good daughter, a great aunt, a sister. Sometimes we forget the most important things, and it is about family.

To learn more about Jenny Shimizu, visit her official website.

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