Q&A with Joan and Melissa Rivers
JOAN KNOWS BEST
ALLOWING your mother to move in with you when you’re in your 40s sounds daunting enough, even if your mother isn’t an entertainment legend and there isn’t a reality TV camera crew on hand. Melissa Rivers talks about working with co-star Joan Rivers on Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best.
Q. Mother knows best . . . is it actually true? A. Oh please . . . you know, our mums are great and our mums are smart and our mums are wonderful, but they don’t always necessarily know what’s best for us. Q. Do you think she’s going to be living with you for the rest of your life? A. Um, I think you’ve now given me a thought that I really hadn’t entertained yet. I think the best part of our parents will always live with us. The annoying, criticising, furniture-rearranging part, that’s so challenging. Q. Was there a point when you were growing up where you went, ‘ Oh my God, my mother’s Joan Rivers’?
A. Well, I don’t think it’s the kind of thing where you wake up one day and go ‘ Oh my God!’ It wasn’t like I lived with the Smiths next door and then came back and said ‘ Oh, OK’. You kind of just figured it out. And I think what you will see in the show, my parents really strived to create a very non-Hollywood lifestyle and family. Q. Is the real Joan Rivers more Fashion Police or Mother Knows Best? A. Oh, Mother Knows Best. Fashion Police is a very different beast. The fun part is I’m the executive producer on that, so I get a few hours a week where I get to pretend I’m my Mum’s boss and she will actually listen to me. And one day that will happen.
Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best, E, ( pay-TV) tonight, 7.30