Note to Michael Douglas fans: let the man eat! The iconic actor and Netflix star phoned into On Air With Ryan Seacrest on Tuesday, November 12, and Ryan Seacrest took a trip down memory lane and recalled a time years ago when he was too starstruck to say hello to Douglas at a restaurant.
“I never told you this,” Seacrest started. “But I remember 20-some years ago you were in a restaurant called Mollie’s Trattoria in Montecito, [Santa Barbara], and you were in there and I had taken my parents — I had just moved to LA — and I had taken my parents up there to have dinner and we were sitting there and we must have spent the entire night deciding whether or not we were going to say ‘Hi’ to you,” Seacrest admitted. “And then we just got stage fright and didn’t say ‘Hi’ and didn’t want to bother you.”
And it’s for the better because Douglas admitted that while he will gladly mingle with fans, eating is his sacred time.
“When I’m eating they don’t say much because I see them coming and I just basically say ‘Not while I’m eating’ — that’s the only cherished time,” Douglas explained. “And also all this stuff with these selfies, … unless you’re moving, a moving target, it really does become a problem because if you let someone … then everybody in the restaurant … they all start coming up so I’m a little growly around meal time,” Douglas joked, adding that watching his famous father, Kirk, also helped teach him how to manage fans. “ …[But] it’s a nice problem to have.”
The Kominsky Method actor has recently lent his voice to Netflix’s take on Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham, which Ellen DeGeneres is producing and a bevy of other stars are involved with, including Adam Devine, Diane Keaton, Tracy Morgan and many, many more.
Listen back to the full interview above to hear about the series and how Douglas feels about son Cameron Douglas’ new tell-all book.
Stream The Kominsky Method and Green Eggs and Ham on Netflix now.