Q&A with Joan and Melissa Rivers


Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television -

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

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