“Curious, isn’t it? I wish him luck,” says the former “Desperate Housewives” star.
Would she ever want to be on “Dancing With the Stars’?
“No.” She laughs.
Right now, Nicollette has lots of other things on her mind, including starting a yet-to-be-announced romantic comedy movie within the next few weeks. “I can’t say anything about it yet,” she says. Is it contemporary? “It is contemporary.” What’s her character like? “She’s a very smart, benevolent human being — the antithesis of my character on ‘Desperate Housewives.’ It’s a feel-good movie. But I can’t say more.”
Nicollette, in fact, is here to talk guide dogs, and her latest role – as spokesperson for the guide dog fundraiser being put on by Van Patten’s Natural Balance Pet Foods, Petco and other pet stores. When pet owners purchase a bag of dog food with her picture on it, a dollar goes to help guide dog organizations across the country.
Sure, she’s done TV, films, red carpets and magazine covers, but now Nicollette is part of a really elite group – celebrities whose pictures appear on bags of dog food. She laughs at the idea, but she’s sincerely happy to be doing her part. This month is National Guide Dog Month, after all, in case you weren’t aware.
How did she get involved?
“The Van Pattens have been family friends for many years and they told me what they were doing with National Guide Dog Month. I was so moved, I couldn’t wait to jump in and see what I could do to help raise awareness,” she says. According to the actress, it takes two years and roughly $40,000 to train a guide dog, “and so many people can’t afford that. To help this work continue, to help people have these companions and guides – it can make such a huge difference in people’s lives.”
Nicollette’s own dog, five-year-old Oliver, is a Golden Retriever, a breed often used for guide dogs. “He’s the love of my life,” she says. “I don’t go anywhere without him.”
And, you’re not going to find him turning up on “Dancing With the Stars.”