Chris O’Donnell feels like he’s living ‘on fast forward’
By Cindy Pearlman (November 29)
In case you want to measure time, just listen to Chris O’Donnell talk about his life. “I’m 42 now,” says the Winnetka native. “I’m wearing glasses now! Not sunglasses. Real glasses. I’m just falling apart.”
While O’Donnell acts on “NCIS: Los Angeles” opposite LL Cool J, he’s also advocating for influenza vaccinations and is involved in a donation of flu vaccine to AmeriCares to help reach underserved populations.
1 We know you as a tough guy, but you say you’re a little squeamish when it comes to getting your flu shot. You’re touting a needle called the “short shot” for all of us wusses out there.
I have five kids, so it has become a real priority to get a flu shot. Kids come home like a walking petri dish of germs. Even my dog has an ear infection now. The one thing we can do is get a flu shot each fall, but I’m the biggest baby when it comes to needles. My doc recommended this different delivery system. Same shot, but it goes just under the surface of your skin. I’m a wuss, but the flu is so preventable. You can’t be one of those adults who thinks you’re indestructible — especially if you have really young children who are in danger of getting seriously ill or even dying if flu comes into the house.</font>
2 For people who remember you playing a teen in “Men Don’t Leave,” it must be hard to believe you’re into your 40s.
No one tells you that things get so busy in your 40s that you feel like you just have your head down and you’re running all the time. I feel like my life is on fast forward. It’s shocking how fast it goes. My oldest child is 13 now and at that age where you have full memory of your life. My kids are real people now and getting older by the minute.
3 You film “NCIS” all over Los Angeles. Do you ever get worried going into some of the tougher neighborhoods?
I have to say that I’m having a blast working with LL. He’s a great partner in so many respects and I’ve learned a lot from him. He has amazing confidence and is always so positive. He’s the eternal optimist. I’ve seen parts of L.A. that I didn’t even know existed. When we go into the tough neighborhoods, I’m not worried. I’d love to tell you it’s my Chicago street cred, but the truth is I have LL next to me. No one is going to mess with him.
4 Women are often competitive about their bodies. Are you and LL comparing and contrasting on the set?
All I can say is he really works out and takes care of himself. His biceps are unreal. It’s like he chiseled granite rock and just attached that to his body. Let’s say that I have stepped it up a bit.
5 You always seem like such a mellow guy. Are you a strict Dad?
I am strict about things such as they have to get to bed on time and do their homework. Believe me, I can play bad cop if I have to, but I’m not that bad. It’s all about having common sense when you have five kids. They know when we’re serious about something or not. It is unbelievable how much smarter they are than when we were kids. The pressure is on them, too. My 4-year-old daughter just went for an interview to go to Catholic school. What they asked her? I have no idea. My wife took that one on, while I drove everyone else to soccer games and flag football. I never stop.
When I first read it I was like,
Because seriously, #3!!! (underlined part very specifically.) What really is that? Is he trying to set us up? (for what???) I know, the interview is totally deliberate but it still made/makes me SO DAMN SILLIEST HAPPY. And #4, the question is so dumb but I'd never get tired of people praising LL's body, especially when it's COD. ♥
And yes the thing with needles! Woobie for real! I wonder if G's hate on those is based on his. I also read (I think) another interview where COD talked about the birth of his first child (Lily) and that he was there when his wife Caroline gave her a birth and he fainted. OMGLOL. (But for the life of me I can't find it now - if anybody knows where I can find it please let me knowww!) I was also amazed he never had to wear glasses until this age. Really, in this time/age/generation so many of us wear glasses or contact lenses or having Lasik done and he didn't have to until now? I guess he was just lucky or had magnificent eyesight or just isn't the book guy like he appears to, LOL. Back then I wondered if we get the chance to see him actually wearing glasses in real life - and then 4.13 happened and I was like :O!!!. I don't know the real reason behind it but it does look like COD started wearing glasses gave them the idea, and I appreciate and approve very much they went with it!
Also 'the life on fast forward/falling apart' part - I was like 'but you've been always like that!' because I think he always looks just like grandpa on the set. Like 'I'll just sit and read papers while kids having fun.' 'You want to take pictures of me? Okay but do it quick, I need my nap.' XD I think he needs to realize it's just him being himself! I'm still in awe he managed to direct a TV episode, lol.
And you just had to mention Men Don't Leave? Because, hey:
OMG so precious! ;_; He doesn't even look like he was eighteen there - he was when it was filmed: but everyone was introduced to me when I was 18 and I looked like I was 15. Oh no, you looked like you were barely twelve! Even his voice hadn't completely broken yet at the time. (Seriouslyyy, look at this and think of G when he was just a little boy (lost).)
Here, have some protective!LL to mend a little throbbing heart (he's like this with anybody and always but I don't care):
Comparing their bodies? :D (And COD is like 'OMG... <3')
Then he looks at LL like this:
(Seriously, it's as if LL's shining like a sun with his perfect looks and charisma and COD and the girl just can't stop staring at and admiring him. Just click for bigger to see how COD's eyes look there!)
And like this:
But then LL looks at him like this too:
And they are both eye-fucking like there's nobody else in the world:
(OMG hands. ♥)
All in all, it's the perfect partnership, period. ♥
... Um, I'm kind lost with what I was trying to do here in the first place? XD Maybe I should try making Sunday pic post a weekly or so routine!