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Kristen Johnston, the towering comedic actress best known for her role on "3rd Rock from the Sun," may bring the laughs on TV Land's "The Exes," but in reality, the star has been battling some serious personal issues.
Johnston recently penned a powerfully honest memoir, "Guts," in which she writes about her miserable school years, her rise to fame and, most stunningly, her addictions to drugs and alcohol.
The actress, 44, who has been working to establish the first sober high school in New York City, chatted with The Huffington Post about her new book and overcoming her serious struggles.
In "Guts," you write about suffering a terrifying medical scare. What happened?
Five years ago I ended up -- due to naughty living -- with a gastric ulcer that I wasn’t aware of and it burst and I became septic, meaning I filled up with stomach stuff in my armpit. I was in the hospital for two months. That’s the short story; for the rest you’ve got to buy the book. Basically, the event is used to help tell my story of addiction.
The pain sounds as if it was unbearable.
It was. I’ve never even experienced pain like that. Trying to describe it in words was so challenging because I also wanted it to be me, which is funny. I have a lot of self-deprecation; I’m not a pitying person. It was also a very lonely process to write about that because it was so dark.
You’re an alcoholic.
Yes, and a drug addict.
How long was your addiction really serious?
I would say it was bad for six years, but really bad the last three. The thing that’s so complicated about addiction, which I hope I addressed [in the book], is that the nightmare is your friends and loved ones are behind door number one and your drug is behind door number two, and you will always choose door two. It’s not personal; it’s because you’re in prison. You can’t help it.
It was a slow, slow process. I call [my addiction] "Mr. Morphine" because it was like a toxic relationship. We dated for a week and then we broke up for six months, and then we’d date for another two weeks. It was like that until basically six years ago, when I was like, "Oh, alright, move in."
There are so many different types of addiction and people kind of separate themselves from us; I’m not that different from you. I mean, I do have different brain chemistry than you. But I believe that if the right circumstances happen, like your child, God forbid, is harmed and you happen to get a migraine at the exact same time...
You’d drink yourself silly every night.
Exactly. Anyone has the capability for it. But I do believe there are some people that have a greater predilection. I’m the strongest person I’ve ever met; I can will things with my mind, or at least I thought so, and so the fact that I couldn’t navigate this on my own was shocking to me. I’d done everything myself. So I started to believe I could actually control things and the bottom line is I can’t.
That’s hard, that surrender.
I had a lot of shame, and that’s why it took me so long to get help because I did know for a good long while that I was in trouble, but I just kept thinking I would grow out of it. When I didn’t, that’s when I realized, "Oh my God, I’m really really an addict." I was also embarrassed at the concept of me being an actual cliché -- "Oh great, another actress on painkillers."
The tabloids went nuts when you lost a lot of weight.
I was sober then. That was a really dark time. I was finally on the right path and yes, I did look terrible, I agree. However, I did give a statement where I told the truth. I said that due to late night living, I had a gastric ulcer that burst. I was in hospital for two months, had a large portion of my stomach removed, blah, blah, blah. Ever since then I’ve been sober and yes, I’m struggling to put on weight, but they would not print any of that.
I couldn’t believe the level of malice directed toward me. I thought once, "God, what if I was anorexic? This would be the worst." Everybody knows anorexia is a disease that people struggle with and the fact that people were so cruel was shocking to me.
You write that you had a tough time when you were in school, something that many people can relate to.
I really was a loser; I’m not exaggerating. It wasn’t just that my height (6 feet) was wrong. I was very loud. I always said the wrong thing at the exact worst moment. They called me "learning disabled" even though I wasn’t. I had to wear corrective shoes, and everything I wore was totally ill-fitting only because my mother could not keep up with my height. Now I look at pictures of me then and I go, "What a cutie," but back then I felt like a giant ugly turd. But you know what? It gave me everything I am.
You don’t want to peak in high school. That’s the whole thing and you just don’t know it then. I work with young high school girls at self-esteem workshops, and they are so unhappy. They’re cyberbullying each other; they just torture each other and the bottom line is you don’t want to be a rock star when you’re 12. You want to be a rock star when you’re 23 or whatever, just not 12.
Get ready to head back to Southfork ranch: TNT's "Dallas" reboot has been scheduled for June. The continuation of the 1980s soap starring Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy bows on TNT Wed., June 13 at 9 p.m. ET. Season 1 of "Dallas" will have 10 episodes.
"The Closer" begins its final six episodes on Mon., July 9 at 9 p.m. ET. Its spinoff, "Major Crimes" starring "Battlestar Galactica's" Mary McDonnell, debuts after "The Closer" finale on Mon., Aug. 13, at 10 p.m. ET. It moves to its regular timeslot, Mondays at 9 p.m. the following week. Season 1 of "Major Crimes" will consist of 10 episodes.
Other TNT summer premieres include "Leverage" Season 5 on Sun., July 15 at 8 p.m. ET, "Rizzoli & Isles" Season 3 on Tues., June 5 at 9 p.m. ET, "Franklin & Bash" Season 2 on Tues., June 5 at 10 p.m. ET, "Falling Skies" Season 2 on Sun., June 17 at 9 p.m. ET, new reality series "The Great Escape" Sun., June 24, at 10 p.m. ET and Eric McCormack's new series "Perception" on Mon., July 9, at 10 p.m. ET.
More info on TNT's new shows below.
"Dallas"This summer, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprise their famous characters as J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing return to Southfork with secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they're joined by the next generation of Ewings, played by Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe, who take ambition and deception to a new level. "Dallas" also stars Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong. Shot on location in the title city, "Dallas" comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with premiere episode writer Cynthia Cidre and director Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. It was developed by Cidre and created by David Jacobs.
This all-new drama series is ready to take television's favorite squad of detectives into bold new territory. Two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell will continue her role from "The Closer" as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor. Major Crimes will focus on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law-enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Joining McDonnell are fellow "Closer" veterans G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene, with guest appearances by Jon Tenney and Robert Gossett. New cast members include Graham Patrick Martin as a homeless juvenile and Kearran Giovanni as an ambitious undercover detective. Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television, with "The Closer's" James Duff, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers.
Drama fans are about to meet one of the most unique crime solvers on television when TNT premieres this fascinating new series about an eccentric neuroscience professor who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, who possesses an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. Although Pierce's mind may be brilliant, it's also damaged as he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Perception also stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan. Produced by ABC Studios, the series was created by executive producer Ken Biller and co-executive producer Mike Sussman, with McCormack serving as producer.
"The Great Escape"
This fast-paced, nail-biting competition series drops ordinary people into the middle of their own epic action/adventure movie. Each week, Rich Eisen (NFL Total Access) hosts as teams of competitors try to find their way out of seemingly impossible situations for a chance to take home a cash prize. The series, from Fox Television Studios, is executive-produced by the Oscar-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, as well as the Emmy-winning producers of The Amazing Race, Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri. The series is created and executive produced by Justin W. Hochberg ("The Apprentice") and Charlie Ebersol ("The Wanted").
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CHICAGO -- Who gets wetter, someone walking in the rain or running? Is it really possible to hang from a cliff by your fingers until help arrives like they do in the movies? And is Superman the only one who is faster than a speeding bullet?
Those are questions the Discovery Channel's "MythBusters" has asked for years, and starting Thursday, anybody who's wondered how long it takes to put on a superhero outfit in a phone booth – don't forget the cape – can answer them for themselves at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
"MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition," opens Thursday, marking the first time the show has taken such questions on the road. The Chicago exhibition, which runs through Sept. 3, is the first of a planned national tour that will include stops at several other U.S. cities.
"This has both the science and also a sense of humor, what we've been doing for a decade," Adam Savage, one of the show's hosts, said this week before the exhibition opened.
Just like on the show, the exhibit is a kind of scientific bait and switch. It starts with something visitors have seen in the movies or on TV or that they can recall from their own experiences, like dishes crashing to the floor when the tablecloth is yanked.
"That's the hook," said Jamie Hyneman, also a "MythBusters" co-host. "That gets them involved and before they know what happens they've actually learned something or been lured into thinking carefully about what's going on."
The exhibit consists of about a dozen stations mixed in with props familiar to viewers, like the actual casket Hyneman lay in for a segment on being buried alive. In one station shaped like a ship cargo container, a visitor walks and another runs for 20 feet while water drips from hoses above. Once they're wet, they go around the corner and, because the water contains traces of fluorescent dye, they can see just how many drops hit them as they stand in front of a black light.
After determining which one of them is wetter, the participants press either the run or walk button. The results will be stored for now and revealed when the show leaves in September. "We may have 100,000 come through and we can see what the results are over time," said Geoffrey Curley, whose company helped create the exhibit with the museum, Discovery Communications and Exhibits Development Group.
Movies and television and just plain storytelling play a big role in the exhibit. There is, for example, a place to build small houses out of progressively heavier blocks – one made of marble, another of wood and another of foam to represent the bricks, sticks and straw used by the three little pigs – to see if all that effort by the last little pig was worth it.
There is another exhibit for anyone who's wondered if a blind Al Pacino really could have navigated a car through the streets of New York in "Scent of a Woman" based on the directions given by a terrified Chris O'Donnell from the passenger seat. With the help of video-arcade style equipment, visitors can see if they do as well as Pacino or better than Hyneman and Savage did on the show.
The exhibit also includes a live show that asks whether it's possible to dodge a bullet – or at least a paint ball. Those selected from the audience will be asked to come on stage, put on a protective coat and hold a clear plastic shield in front of them to see if they can jump out of the way before a paint ball traveling 250 feet per second, or 175 mph, hits the shield with a splat.
One thing missing from the exhibit that is a big part of the show are explosions. Hyneman said there was just no way in an enclosed space to safely blow stuff up.
And visitors, particularly teenage boys, will be saddened to find that Hyneman and Savage could not pull off – though not for lack of trying – a flatulence exhibit.
It turns out that there are two key ingredients that together add up to a memorable olfactory experience, which led Hyneman to look for a way to create some kind of "fart vending machine" that for a quarter would combine those ingredients.
"I figured teenage boys would be lined up around the block for that one," he said. "The problem is the stuff is toxic... so we just couldn't pull it off."
Even without such a contraption, the show's stars hope the exhibit will bust what they say is the biggest myth of all: Science is just for nerds.
"Science is cool," said one of the show's stars, Kari Byron, as she looked around the exhibition.
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Who gets wetter: The person who walks in the rain or the one who runs? And in the story of the three little pigs, was the house made of bricks really stronger than the ones made from straw and sticks?
Now, a new exhibition at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry will attempt to answer those questions and others.
"MythBusters: The Explosive Exhibition," is modeled after the Discovery Channel's show "MythBusters." Visitors can do the same experiments they've seen the hosts of the show conduct for years. One area features a shed equipped with hoses and nozzles allowing visitors to test whether the runner or walker gets wetter in the rain.
The show opens Thursday and runs through Sept. 3.