Posted 3/28/2006 9:41 PM
No sour grapes for Romijn By William Keck, USA TODAY
CALABASAS, Calif. — If Rebecca Romijn seems generously candid, chalk it up to her deep personal happiness and fun new role as a super-snoopy investigative reporter in WB's Pepper Dennis (premieres Tuesday, 9 p.m. ET/PT).
Rebecca Romijn plays ambitious Chicago TV reporter
Pepper Dennis in the new WB comedy series of the same name.WB
But also sitting behind their home is a giant letter "D" — part of the Disneyland sign that ex-husband John Stamos (Jake in Progress, ER) purchased after he and Romijn had their first date at Disneyland. She says Stamos eventually will come and collect the "D" and the other nine letters she has in storage, but in the meantime, she prefers to think the "D" stands for her character, Dennis.
News of her split from Stamos after six years of marriage broke the day before she walked the red carpet at the April 2004 premiere of her film The Punisher. "We just got outed" by the tabloids, Romijn says. "We had split up quite a while before, but John and I had decided we were just going to keep it between us because we had work to do and I didn't want to be dealing with all that.
"But we were forced to come clean, so I put on a brave face."
Of Stamos, she says, "We don't have a regular relationship anymore." She's hurt by media reports that the couple split because he wanted to start a family and she didn't. Romijn says vehemently that those accounts are wrong. She adds, "Whether or not I wanted to have kids had nothing to do with it. We were together for 10 years, and the reasons (for the divorce) are complicated. I can't wait to have kids. I'm at a point in my life where when I see a pregnant woman, I get tears in my eyes."
She and O'Connell, who she says shares her desire to start a family, plan to wed this summer after she wraps up promoting her third stint as the blue-hued Mystique in X-Men 3: The Last Stand, in theaters May 26. (She has two other films in the can: June's The Alibi, with her X-Men co-star James Marsden, and the upcoming Man About Town, in which she plays the wife of Ben Affleck.)
Her wedding will "not be a big event. I did that a long time ago. We might do it on a vacation and include just our close family."
Oh — and unlike what she did with her name for her previous marriage, she won't be changing her name to Rebecca Romijn-O'Connell.
"I'm probably just going to take the O," the actress jokes. "Rebecca O'Romijn."