How Ray Romano Explained His On-Screen Threesome To His Wife

For nearly a decade, you almost couldn't turn on a television set without seeing Ray Romano. His self-created sitcom, *Everybody Love Raymond*, dominated network television from 1996-2005, and made the stand-up comedian a household name. This year, Romano returned with a star turn in "The Big Sick." Here, the actor talks hitting it big, romancing his wife, and explaining on-screen threesomes.

Released on 9/12/2017

Credits

Starring: Ray Romano

Transcript

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I had a three-some (laughs)
00:01
[Interviewer] Yeah.
00:02
I did have a nude scene.
00:03
Can i tell you a story about Sure.
00:05
How my wife handled it?
00:06
After I did the scene, she goes, tell me what happened.
00:08
I'm like, ah you know, she, ah...
00:10
She goes, no, tell me.
00:11
You know, and I go, you know one girl,
00:14
straddles, and the other one, but it's over you know.
00:17
Okay so she's like shaking her head, she flies back to L.A.
00:20
and I stay in New York.
00:21
I call her up, I go, how was the flight?
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And she said there was an actor sitting next to her,
00:25
who started talking to her, and gave her his card,
00:29
'cause he heard about me.
00:31
So now I'm getting jealous, and now I'm grilling her.
00:34
And I'm like who's this guy, what guy?
00:36
Ah, ah, what did he look like?
00:38
What was his name?
00:39
And she stopped me, she goes, what was the name of the
00:41
girl that sat on your cock?
00:43
(laughs) And I said, okay, no further questions.
00:47
Coming up on, October is 30 years, 30 year anniversary.
00:52
I'm an actor, it's, I'm narcissist,
00:56
I wanna, yes, I wanna do as much...
00:58
But it doesn't come easy to me.
01:00
She doesn't get the attention she deserves,
01:02
and she's learned to accept it, but she gets
01:06
a lot of money.
01:07
(laughing)
01:11
Yeah, how Everybody Loves Raymond came about,
01:13
was I have my first Letterman spot, and I do my first
01:17
stand-up on Letterman, and it goes very well.
01:19
I love doing stand-up but it was also,
01:21
what's the next step?
01:22
And everyone was getting development deals and,
01:24
I wasn't.
01:26
It's out there if someone wants me.
01:29
And Letterman, thank god was watching,
01:32
his guy called my house on a Saturday,
01:34
I'm not kidding, on Saturday in Queens,
01:36
Rob Burnett called my house, probably in my underwear,
01:40
and he said, don't sign with anyone,
01:41
and I said, no you don't have to worry, there's nobody else.
01:44
When the sitcom ended, it was kind of like you come out of
01:47
this submarine, and all of a sudden I'm like,
01:51
I live in L.A.?
01:52
My kids are 12 years old now?
01:55
You have time, you have your money, you have a little
01:58
bit of fame now, hey this is going to be fun.
02:00
It was in the beginning, and then after three months,
02:02
it wasn't fun anymore.
02:04
I had a little kind of emotional break-down, and I
02:07
remember when my show was ending, my shrink
02:11
my therapist, says do you wanna start coming twice a week?
02:15
I go no, why do I...
02:16
I hardly have stuff to say to you once a week.
02:18
And then three months later, I was going twice a week.
02:20
I can't stay, idle, creatively.
02:23
I know people ask sometimes, why do you do it,
02:27
and I like to say,
02:29
I have to keep moving or I'd catch up with myself.
02:33
I cry very easy.
02:35
Once you hit middle age, you cry, I cry
02:37
at commercials, it can be some,
02:39
you can YouTube commercials that can make you cry.
02:42
A lot of overseas ones, a lot of overseas commercials
02:44
they do a whole production.
02:45
Asian ones that are like two minutes long,
02:47
and they're heart-breaking.
02:49
No but that's, they're supposed to be, it's not
02:52
like I'm a weirdo for crying at it.
02:54
You know what else makes me cry?
02:55
National anthems, I YouTube national anthems.
02:58
I know the capital of every country, but I don't know
02:59
the national anthem of every country.
03:01
[Interviewer] What's the capital of Japan?
03:02
Toyko, that's easy.
03:04
Give me a harder one.
03:05
[Interviewer] Latvia.
03:06
Riga, R-I-G-A, I know every one, I'm not lying.
03:09
It was just me being afraid of getting older and
03:11
Alzheimer's and what not.
03:13
My shrink told me, because you know the capitals it
03:16
doesn't mean you're not going to get Alzheimer's,
03:18
but it means you don't have it now, that's all it means.
03:21
(laughing)
03:22
My first kiss, my wife remembers because we were in a car,
03:25
drove home from the movies,
03:27
and this is how she describes it,
03:28
she goes, lean over, you kiss me,
03:31
we're parked outside, you kiss me, and then
03:34
you stare out the windshield, you don't look at me again
03:36
for the rest of our conversation.
03:38
There was no eye contact after.
03:39
'Cause you know, I'm not, I'm not good with women.
03:43
I talked to her, but I wouldn't look at her.
03:44
'Cause I didn't want to see if maybe she's going to
03:47
get out and run, so I'll just look this way,
03:49
and if I hear her, she's still there.
03:51
We worked in a bank together,
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that's how we met, and she was the third girl
03:57
I asked out at that bank.
03:59
I'm not kidding, the first two, turned me down,
04:02
she knew it, and she said yes.
04:06
I was 25, I was riding my bike to work,
04:08
and she took a gamble,
04:11
and now she has a 2200 square foot closet (laughs).
04:17
Ah, Everybody Loves Raymond, I got a hit show,
04:19
look at all this financial success,
04:21
it doesn't feel, you know,
04:23
you need a balance, you need failure.
04:25
That's why I thank god for golf.
04:27
Beause no matter what, you never can get golf.
04:31
You know, you can get better, but
04:33
you're never satisfied.
04:35
Talked about the three-some I had.
04:37
The day it got canceled I was going to do the
04:40
press-junket for Ice Age.
04:41
Ice Age 5, so my agent called me,
04:45
he goes, hey, hey you sitting down?
04:48
When someone says, are you...
04:49
When they lead with that, isn't that good?
04:51
Don't you think that's good?
04:53
I think it was good,
04:54
I thought he was going to say, you know
04:56
Scarlett Johansson loves you,
04:57
but he said, Vinyl got canceled .
04:59
I'm like, ah, you had me all psyched up.
05:01
Anyway, so I had to go do the press-junket
05:03
for Ice Age, there was a life sized Sid,
05:06
I don't know if you know Ice Age.
05:07
[Interviewer] Yes I know Ice Age.
05:08
And a life sized Scrat.
05:10
I took a picture of them two,
05:13
and I sent it to my agent,
05:15
I go, this is the only three-somes
05:16
I'm gonna be having now.
05:18
(laughing)