As therapist Dr. Elizabeth Jane Goode in the TV show Head Case, actress Ali Wentworth gives viewers her own dose of comedic medicine. Gayle talks with Ali about interviewing celebrities, her thoughts on therapy and how she got so lucky in love.
Head Case is an ode to unconventional psychological treatment, with Ali's character dishing out therapy to celebrity guests…but Ali says it may be Dr. Goode herself who is really in need of the treatment. "She is probably in a little bit more in trouble psychologically than the people that come in."
Ali, who came up with the idea for the show herself, gives therapy to guests including singer Alanis Morissette and actor Jeff Goldblum, all while sculpting a show from completely unscripted dialogue. "It's every bad therapy you could ever imagine," Ali says. "You never know what people are going to say when they come in." But Ali says her guests play along with whatever random scenarios take place. "They know it is tongue-in-cheek," she says. "There's one episode during the season where I leave the therapy session to go get a burger."
When Ali is not psychoanalyzing stars with her witty banter, she is enjoying her family life. Ali and her husband, ABC News correspondent and former Clinton adviser George Stephanopoulos, have been married for seven years after meeting on a blind date. "I met him for lunch, and by the end of lunch I knew," she says. "We were engaged two months later…like a good melon, I just knew."
Ali says she still loves George just as much as the day she married him. "I walk in the room and I see him, and I get that feeling in my stomach," she says. "I watch him on TV, and I'm so proud of him."