If you’re dealing with Catholic guilt, fear of Satan visiting you in your sleep, and thought you wanted to be a nun when you grew up, you are not alone! Turns out, MTV’s Singled Out star and bestselling author Jenny McCarthy felt the same way growing up.
Jenny McCarthy stopped in New York City to talk about and sign copies of her newest book, Bad Habit: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic. She walked into the Hilton’s 45th floor penthouse wearing a jaw dropping, red mini-dress with four inch black heels, to meet and talk with her fans.
Jenny McCarthy is perhaps best know for her comedic personality (staring in Two and a Half Men and the web series In the Motherhood with Chelsea Handler) as well as posing for Playboy and becoming the magazine’s Playmate of the Year in 1993. Yet one hour with her recounting stories from her past, she reveals that she is so much more—mother, activist, and closet Catholic trying to reconcile the beliefs from her youth to the life she now lives.
The night she appeared to sign and talk about her book produced an evening with never a dull moment. Secrets came out: Charlie Sheen, her co-star on Two and a Half Men is “an incredible kisser.” And she said that she posed for Playboy, because she never wanted to worry about money.
After her son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism in 2005, Jenny set out to learn everything she could about autism and treatments. Since 2008, she has served as president of Generation Rescue, an organization dedicated to helping families whose children have been diagnosed with autism. How does she juggle motherhood, career, and stereotypes? “I once gave a producer a black eye” when he tried to make a move on her, instead of concentrating on business. “Never compromise ladies!”
Bad Habits is Jenny’s eighth book. Her previous ones have all been New York Times bestsellers and she hopes this one will enjoy similar success. The book recounts her Catholic upbringing, experiences in the Pope’s apartment at the Vatican, and, yes, how to fall asleep even when you are afraid that Satan might visit during the night.
Bad Habits: Confessions of a Recovering Catholic