The star of The Jamie Kennedy Experiment is a massive liar. He even says so on Page 2 of his new book, Wannabe: A Hollywood Experiment (Citadel Press), a candid account of his early, mostly humiliating days in Hollywood. Of course, things did turn around for the 33-year-old actor-comedian: His WB prankfest returns for a third season next month, the book is out on Aug. 25, and Malibu's Most Wanted, the film based on one of his outrageous characters, arrives on DVD in September. Not bad. Now, let's get to the truth.
TV Guide Online: In the book, you're pretty blunt about your sexual experiences. Have your parents read it?
Kennedy: I don't want them to. My dad could, but my mom... she's had six kids but somehow doesn't think sex happens.
TVGO: She knows you lost your virginity at some point though, right?
Kennedy: I don't even think she knows that.
TVGO: You wrote that when you worked for a maid service you once cleaned Janeane Garofalo's house and went through her underwear drawer. What was her reaction when you told her that on Jimmy Kimmel Live?
Kennedy: Kimmel set it up so that she had no idea. First, she thought it was a funny story, then she thought, "Oh, my God, he's not kidding." I think it just wigged her out. To me, it was just harmless, but to her, she might think, "What a weird pervert." But I sent her flowers. She was so cool, she was like, "You didn't have to do that."
TVGO: You also pretended to be your own agent on the phone. Do you think this will catch on with aspiring actors in Hollywood?
Kennedy: It might. I read that Sinbad had done that, and that's why I did it. So maybe it might start a trend. It's the only way I could have done it.
TVGO: You've had a hidden-camera show longer than Ashton Kutcher. Why aren't you dating Demi Moore?
Kennedy: I know! (Laughs) All I can say is my hidden-camera show is so hidden, she didn't even know it was on.
TVGO: Did you feel goofy in the beginning when you'd reveal a prank on your show by yelling "You've been X-ed!" and no one had any idea what you're talking about?
Kennedy: Yes. [It was like] "You've been X-ed!" "What's that?" "You're on my hidden-camera show, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment." "Who's Jamie Kennedy? What?" Yeah, I felt like the biggest dork. I still kinda do in a way.
TVGO: I know someone named Jamie and he used to get called "Jaime Somers, the Bionic Woman" all the time. Did you?
Kennedy: Yeah. Jaime Sommers, Jamie Farr, "Jamie's Cryin' " from Van Halen, all that stuff.
TVGO: Considering that you're getting starring roles in films now, how would you feel if your show was cancelled after this season?
Kennedy: Depressed. I love what I do, I love the security of having a nice job like this.
TVGO: I'm going to ask you to be introspective for a second. Ready?
TVGO: Did you actually learn anything about yourself writing this book?
Kennedy: It was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life. But did I learn anything? [Laughs] Maybe that I'd do anything to make it. That I'm desperate.