Transcript for Jessalyn Gilsig says John Stamos doesn’t know anything about sports
You know our next guest from her roles in hit shows like "Friday night lights" "nip/tuck." And now in the brand-new Disney plus show "Big shots." Check this out. What else. If a girl giggles that means she has a brain tumor. If I bench a girl does that mean the gymnasium is at risk? What the hell else? I know. You are not equipped. Welcome to high school. I -- I had no idea what I was in for. Joining us now is the one and only jessalyn gilsig. Jessalyn, thanks for being with us, and we just heard T.J. Prep the fact that you play a high school girls assistant basketball coach. In real life you are a mom with a high schooler who plays soccer. And I read that you may have been guilty once or twice trying to coach from the sidelines? Yes. So I'm passionate -- first of all, good morning. It is so nice to meet all of you. Really excited to be here. But yes, I'm passionate about sports, I'm a big sports fan and my daughter plays soccer and I'm a very proud soccer mom. And I do -- I do participate from the sidelines, but I will admit that there was one day after the game, sometimes I review the game after with her. And she said to me one day you know that's not helpful. And so I've learned to just be positive. Why wouldn't they listen to you? Don't they know that mama was a bigtime athlete? And I don't think I'm going too far by saying big time. You did cross-country. You were a swimmer and you played something called ringette, which is a hockey variation. Tell me what type of athlete were you? Big time, is that the right way to put it? No, big time is not the right way to put it. Though I appreciate that. I did play sports. I always played sports and I would say cross-country was the only one I actually maybe came close to excelling at. But I'm a big advocate of girls, well, kids participating in sports and in the context of this show, girls. But I'm so good to admit it is a really good way to get out of the last period of school. Because that is when you take the bus to go to the meets. So I was on every team. I really was. I was on the swim team and I was a terrible swimmer. But you know you miss your last period so why not? There you go. It's all about the motive really at the end, no. But you get to really embrace your love of empowering young girls in the sports world in this show. And John Stamos, who you play opposite of, actually we spoke to him last week. He is not a sports guy at all whatsoever. So I'm curious, did that lead to any funny moments now that he's playing a fairly storied basketball coach? Well, as I always say, you know, I'm not a viking, but I played one on TV. So in his defense he doesn't need to be, you know, well-versed in sports to be convincing in this role, which he is. He's phenomenal. But I will say he's very up front about the fact that he didn't know a lot about basketball. And I do remember we were shooting the pilot. We were doing some improvising from the sidelines as we were coaching the girls. And in his way, you know, because he's John Stamos, so he crossed his arms at one point and he looks out at the court and he says "Now, that's what I call a baseball game." And I said no, John, it's basketball but we'll get there. Does he know you tell that story? I don't know. He'll find out right now. But listen, he's so convincing in the role. He's wonderful. I'm so excited for people to see him. It is a very complex character. It is entertaining and it is funny. But I think -- I think for parents, I think there is a lot to get. And it is going spark a lot of interesting conversations in families when you see his approach to this role. I think it is very exciting. Well, jessalyn gilsig, we're very excited that you joined us today. Thank you so much for being with us. Thank you for having me. I'm so thrilled to meet all of you. Thank you. Can't wait to have her in person here one day when this is all over. In the meantime though let's make sure everyone checked out "Big shot." It premieres this Friday on Disney plus. She had so many roles in those shows. "Boston public" is the one she was in I loved. She was a teacher. My parents are educators. I loved that show.
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