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Jayson Blair Interview: Getting Fit for Revealing Roles

Find out how star of NBC's The New Normal keeps his abs camera ready.

What’s your cheat day? Is it the same every week?

Yeah, Saturday. My buddy was making fun of me the other day. There was this big dinner on Sunday and he was like, “Can’t you just move your cheat day to Sunday?” And I was like, “No, can’t do it. Then nothing is sacred anymore, nothing means anything.” And he was like, “You’re insane..."

A big thing for people is alcohol. People don’t realize how many calories and hidden calories are in booze, and how they impact your body. I usually only drink on Saturdays. But if I drink during the other six days, I’ll have no more than two glasses of dry red wine.

What’s your go-to cheat food?

I like a burger with avocado and sweet potato fries.

Speaking of The New Normal, we are introduced to your character, Clay, when he’s caught cheating on his wife. Have you ever been cheated on?

I have.

Do you have any tips for our readers on dealing with cheating or knowing when she’s cheating?

Every time it’s happened, and it’s happened more than once, …there’s no hint or foreshadowing, but I’ve just called it.

For example, the last time it happened…I just got back from the most amazing weekend with this girl…And on Tuesday, our first time apart since the weekend, this vitriol thing happened in my gut, and I told my roommate, “She’s going to cheat on me with her ex-boyfriend.” Then I didn’t hear from her for four days. When I spoke to her, I asked if she had seen her ex-boyfriend recently, and she was like, “What...? No,” but I was like, “You’re lying,” and then she said, “Yes.” Prior to that, I had no idea she was actually communicating with was just a feeling. So I asked if she slept with him and she said no, then I asked again and she was said yes. I was like, “That sucks,  but I’m not going to say a bunch of horrible stuff that you already think, I’m not that kind of guy. But I really liked you and I wish that didn’t happen.”

I decided to take the high road…There are just so many reasons why people do stuff, that we have to look past our ego and how we feel at that moment, and of course that doesn’t always happen with me. But sometimes, I can take the high road.


Be sure to catch Jayson on The New Normal, airing Tuesdays at 9:30/8:30c on NBC


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