Sally Field Reveals To Andy Cohen How She Dumped Johnny Carson

Actress Sally Field found herself in the hot seat when was a guest on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live on Thursday night. Host Andy Cohen got Field to answer some hilarious tidbits during the segment of Plead the Fifth, where Cohen asks a round of questions to guests, and they have an option to tell the truth or “plead the fifth.”

Field and actor Max Greenfield, who co-star in the comedy-drama movie Hello, My Name Is Doris, appeared on Watch What Happens Live to promote their movie. It was Field’s first time on the Bravo show when Cohen asked Field questions that ranged from who was the best and worse on-screen kiss, to her date with the late Johnny Carson.

Andy Cohen asked about Sally Field about going out with Carson, and Field looked slightly anxious about giving an answer, but she told Cohen that her encounter with the former The Tonight Show host was somewhere between “the octopus and the reluctant little puppy.”

“I was never a person that knew how to say no to people. I mean, when it came down to other things, but ultimately the way I could get out of things is to tell people I lost my mind. I think with Johnny I told him I was having a breakdown and was being sent away. I couldn’t figure out how just to say, ‘I’m really just not into this, it’s not what I want.'”

Field had no problem telling Cohen who was the best on-screen kisser. Field smiled as she revealed that the late James Garner was the best actor she ever kissed. Field and Garner co-starred in the 1985 film Murphy’s Romance, where the two actors’ characters had a May-December romance.

Tommy Lee Jones was the recipient of the worst on-screen kiss Sally Field ever encountered. Jones and Field starred in the 1981 romantic comedy Back Roads, where supposedly, the two co-stars didn’t really get along during the shoot.

Field did stick up for Jones, stating that the actor was going through a rough patch in his personal life. Field told Cohen that she and Jones did end up on good terms eventually, with Jones even apologizing to Field about their lack of chemistry on film. Field and Jones did star in another film together, appearing in 2012’s Lincoln.

Sally Field praised her Hello, My Name Is Doris co-star Max Greenfield’s kissing technique. Field said that Greenfield is a good kisser, but did not compare to Garner.

Sally Field and Max Greenfield, Hello, My Name Is Doris actors
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Hello, My Name Is Doris is about an eccentric, older woman who develops a crush on her much younger colleague. The film highlights a different kind of May-December romance, this time with the woman being the older person in a romantic relationship. The film, directed by Michael Showalter, premiered at the SXSW Film Festival on March 14.

Field gave an interview to Time about her new film, and she talked about ageism that affects women everywhere, along with other topics such as sexism in Hollywood, and equality issues. Field talked about the older woman-younger man romance in Hello, My Name Is Doris, which brought up the subject of love, and how Field thinks that no matter how old a person is, how a person reacts to love always stays the same.

“As time goes on, our faces and our bodies change, they cave in and they puff out and collapse, but inside we’re the same. When you have that feeling, when you have a mad, passionate crush on someone, it’s the same when you’re 70 as when you’re 13.”

Sally Field’s role in Hello, My Name Is Doris is the first starring film role she has had in a decade. The movie is now out in select movie theaters.

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