[Blind Gossip] Janeane Garofalo recently did an interview with David Feldman of The David Feldman Show. A couple of the subjects she talked about were her appearance and her history with men.
BG Note: Edited for clarity.
Janeane Garofalo: I have, since childhood, disliked what I’ve seen in the mirror.
David Feldman: And yet, the boys have shown up.
JG: That has nothing to do with physical appearance. Growing up, and in the great bulk of my life, there was no male interest in me. My parents would say, “You’re a beautiful girl,” but that didn’t count.
As I got older, the only time there was interest from males was after I started getting some degree of success.
There was a difference in the males that were attracted to me versus the males who were attracted to the leading lady types. Without getting into details, over the years, a number of very well-known men who I slept with would not have dated me out in public. I was not to be photographed with them as their girlfriend.
They had different tastes in women in their private lives than they did in their public lives. Their public girlfriends were exactly what you would expect. In private, though, these gentlemen loved comedy women or punk rock women or artsy fartsy women.
DF: Did they say that?
JG: No, they didn’t have to. It just was very clear. And I was complicit in this. This is nothing I’m ashamed of, nothing that makes me sad. I’m just telling you that even when I had male attention, it was comedy guys, you know what I mean? But even with those comedy guys, there still is a premium put on a certain look of female, and I didn’t fit into that.
I’m older now, and what’s weird is, now that I’m older, when there’s male attention, it’s from very, very young guys who seem to be intrigued by older women, and they’re flirtatious in a strange way. But [the attention certainly does not come from] males my own age. When they are older, they no longer want older women.
You can listen to the full two-hour interview here.
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