It was a rare date night out for John Corbett and his girlfriend of 12 years Bo Derek as they hit the red carpet in NYC for John’s movie “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.” The happy couple chatted with “Extra” and reminisced about how they met while John was filming the first movie.John started off, “Can I introduce Bo Derek right here in person?LOS ANGELES—For John Corbett, his life these days—that is, being in a relationship with Bo Derek for 14 years now, reunited with and kissing Nia Vardalos again in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” starring in the series, “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” and having a band—seems a perfect “10.” “I keep waiting for the bad news to happen when I don’t get to live this crazy life but, man, it just keeps happening,” said John, smiling and radiating easygoing charm one morning at the Mandarin Oriental New York Hotel. We spend a lot of time with them—weekends and barbecues. What was Bo’s family like when you entered her life? (John and Bo began their relationship in 2002.) Bo was single and wasn’t dating at all for those four years. After that movie came out, I couldn’t go to Greek restaurants anymore. It just became a hassle to go to a Greek restaurant. [When] I go to Greek restaurants now, I’m not recognized anymore, which can be a good thing, too. I remember Nia was really nervous about it the first time out. We were shooting some scenes, and we didn’t know each other at all.The tall (he’s 6’ 5”) actor, beloved by fans to this day for his TV roles in “Sex and the City” (as Aidan Shaw, Carrie Bradshaw’s blue-collar boyfriend) and “Northern Exposure” (as a bohemian radio DJ, Chris Stevens), was dressed in a patterned jacket, dress shirt, jeans and brown shoes. “I found out a long time ago that if you go to Brooks Brothers, you can always find some nice clothes to make you look like you’re more intelligent than you are.” Excerpts from our interview: Can you talk about your life with Bo? I’ve been working on my TV show for a little over three weeks, so it’ll be nice. The weather’s always pretty nice where we live, so I ride motorcycles with Bo’s brother-in-law, Mike. So, in her family’s eyes, it was time for her to move on. It still stings a little bit when they don’t (laughs). We were going to kiss in the first movie in a few days. Let’s just kiss right here.” We had a big kiss right there on the street.I actually filmed my first movie in Greece.” When asked what makes their relationship so strong, Corbett smiled and said, “I think it’s me.” Bo laughed, “It’s definitely him!How did John Corbett end up dating legendary beauty Bo Derek?
I mean, I’ve always had a 12-month supply of confidence ever since I was a kid (laughs). I remember returning when I was 24 and having been in California for five or six years. I found out that the rent in 1983 or ’84 was a month. I drive every single mile, so it’s exhausting because after the show, we also do a meet and greet. The thing is, making a record takes me almost a year of my life to do, to make it right. I’d show up for a few months, and we’d go to dinner. My mom worked in the supply room of a hospital when I was growing up.She would work different shifts, so I would stay with my grandma. When were you aware that you have charisma, that you can charm people? Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70 titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2,” opens March 25, the same date as another small movie (the behemoth “Batman v. The whole cast returns, including John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Joey Fatone, Andrea Martin and Michael Constantine.New to the production is Elena Kampouris, who plays the teenage daughter of Toulu (Vardalos) and Ian (Corbett) and British director Kirk Jones (“Nanny Mc Phee”).