RC: Can you remind the readers how old you are?
Jodie: Must I? (laughs) I'm 46.
RC: Why did you want to do a show like "Age Of Love"?
Jodie: I'm beginning to wonder! I wanted to do it for the adventure of it. I had gotten emails from friends simultaneously saying, "This show would be perfect for you!" I had dated a younger man before.
RC: Yes, I see you dated a man who was 22 years old. Tell me how the relationship worked for you & how it didn't.
Jodie: He's still in my life, I've known him for a few years. He's a great guy & the relationship is very lighthearted. He said that he loves that there's no drama with me.
RC: What was your first impression of Mark when you saw him?
Jodie: Well, when I first saw Mark, he had his hands in front of him & he looked so nervous. I said to myself, "I'm going to be as sweet & as as nice as I can be." But on the video, the part that was so endearing was when he was playing with his puppy.
RC: Would you say the show picked stereotypical things to show - for example, the women in their 40s doing needlepoint while the women in their 20s played with hula hoops?
Jodie: Oh for sure! They slanted it that way & wanted to polarize the two groups.
RC: Speaking of the women in their 20s, they arrived after you left. When did you actually find out that twist?
Jodie: I found out 3 days later when I went to a publicity photo shoot for NBC. Someone called me & said, "Oh by the way, there's going to be 6 women in their 20s there!"
RC: Would you rather have gone out first or later in the game?
Jodie: I think I'm lucky because I came out relatively unscathed. I was relieved when I was eliminated but I wish I could have stayed longer. I loved hanging out with the other 40 year olds. My feelings definitely would've been hurt if I stayed longer but I talked to him less than 2 minutes so I can't really take it personally.
RC: Would you say the show was looking for party girls in their 20s? I'm in my 20s & I definitely do NOT act like that!
Jodie: That's a great question. I have a 21-year-old stepdaughter. She's beautiful & has a great spark about her. She is nothing at all like those women. I think they were looking for edgy quality, for lack of a better word. They just have no awareness that in a few years, they're going to be 40!
RC: Do you think that the fact that you have young children may have affected Mark's decision to eliminate you first?
Jodie: I would love to know the answer to that. I did say something quickly about having an 8-year-old and maybe that was too much for him but I'm not interested in someone who's not interested in my kids.
RC: Who's going to take it here - the women in their 40s or the women in their 20s?
Jodie: In the promos, he does say that he misses the older women as he begins to spend time with the 20s. Ultimately, though, he's a guy who wants to get married & have kids. I think he'll go with someone younger.
RC: You're 46 & look amazing! What's your secret?
Jodie: I'm young at heart & my parents are the same way. I have a son who keeps me young - we go pogosticking & play all kinds of sports. I wish I could say I ate well & exercised but it's just not true!
RC: Good! I'd like to think that I can continue eating junk food & not exercising & look that good in my 40s!
Jodie: (laughs) Yes!
RC: So you're back to your life in California now?
Jodie: Yes, I'm actually getting ready to go on a cruise to the Caribbean. I'm leaving in an hour! There's 28 of us going, my whole family.
A new episode of Age Of Love airs tonight on NBC at 9pm EST.