Famed cookbook author and wife to Jerry Seinfeld, Jessica Seinfeld, may be living the glamorous life these days, but that definitely wasn't always the case. "At age 15, I was scrubbing toilets with my friends at a motel," she tells Odd Mom Out creator and star Jill Kargman in the premiere episode of her new digital series Sitting in Diners Eating Donuts, which debuts on Bravotv.com Thursday (clip above). "I was literally scrubbing toilets and, like, taking public hair and throwing it out and just let me tell you. It was a great experience."
That work ethic is something Jessica, whose parents always had her doing chores from an early age, is trying to instill in her three children now. "I always think about [that job] because I have a 15-year-old now, and she's like, 'I don't know where I want to work,'" she told Jill. "I was like, 'Let me explain something to you.' It's the only way I feel comfortable raising my kids, especially in New York City around all this crazy privilege."
Jessica didn't even waste any time getting back to work after giving birth to her first child Sascha. She soon founded the non-profit GOOD+ Foundation (formerly known as Babby Buggy) in 2001 to help families outgrow poverty. "They, like, cut the cord on Sascha, and you're incorporating your not-for-profit," Jill joked. "That's amazing."
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Jill's hilarious and illuminating sit-down with Jessica is just the first in a series of 10 episodes of Sitting in Diners Eating Donuts, with one bowing each week. Jill will sit down in a diner with guests Meredith Vieira, Rachel Feinstein, Girl with No Job's Claudia Oshry, the Betches, and Chuck Nice to chat about everything from drunk stories to in-laws to the Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton in future episodes. And yes, donuts will always be involved.
This week, not only do you get to enjoy Jessica and Jill discussing their lives as working mothers, but the Odd Mom Out also sits down with Claudia to get real about surviving the holidays with family. Watch the hilarity ensue, below.
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