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Witchy Woman

Berkeley native reels in viewers on ABC's new show "Eastwick."


Rebecca Romijn has a lot on her plate these days. She and her husband, actor Jerry O’Connell, recently had twin girls, Dolly and Charlie. And this fall, the Berkeley native plays Roxie, a magic-empowered single mom on ABC’s new prime-time fantasy, Eastwick, based on John Updike’s classic book The Witches of Eastwick. Romijn called us from the set, between feedings and close-ups.

How does a mom with newborn twins find time to star on a prime-time show?
[Laughs] I had intended on taking six months off and told my managers not to call unless it was the perfect role—and they sent me the script for Eastwick. It took me about five pages to realize that the Roxie character was the closest character to who I really am of any role I’ve been offered. She’s a Bohemian artist who makes sexually explicit sculptures. Essentially, she’s like every one of my Berkeley High friends’ single moms.

On Eastwick, you play a mom of a teenage girl, and in real life, you have these baby twins. Which age do you prefer parenting?
I love my little girls. I’ve been with them constantly for six months, and we just experienced our first separation anxiety, when I had to have a couple of really long days while they stayed home with Jerry and their nanny. That separation anxiety works both ways.

This show gets you back in the sci-fi/fantasy genre of your X-Men movies, after doing the comedy series Pepper Dennis and Ugly Betty.
As an actor, there’s nothing more fun than saying, “I play a witch.” It’s such an iconic image. I was a witch for Halloween when I was five years old. Now, I get to play one on TV.

Which are your favorite witches from books and movies?
Definitely The Wizard of Oz and, more recently, Wicked, which I just loved. People keep asking if I’m going to be a good witch or a bad one, but the morality of this character isn’t about good and evil. The show doesn’t kick off with a lot of abracadabra and hocus-pocus. When it starts, we don’t even realize we have powers. Those supernatural elements are woven in as the characters are developed.

Eastwick debuts September 23 and airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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