C: What was wrong?
J: I had severe asthma and kidney problems and would get 105-degree fevers. I actually almost had to go on dialysis for my kidneys. I was also in the hospital for pneumonia.
C: Aside from that, what were you like growing up?
J: I never fit in with my peer group. I never hung out with kids my age — I always wanted to hang out with my mom and her girlfriends. I was on a TV show when I was 13, and had a tutor for high school. Everyone was like, “Oh, you’re missing out on the high school experience,” so I’d go with my cousins to these parties where there would be a keg and people doing body shots and playing quarters. I was like, What a waste of time. I didn’t want to be doing E [ecstasy] and making out with a guy three years older than me who’s a loser.
C: Did you have a lot of boyfriends back then?
J: I basically went out with any guy who asked me because hardly anyone ever asked me out. I remember this one guy – oh, he really liked me. He was so boring that I ordered a hamburger and ate it in a really masculine way, like a pig, dripping and chewing with my mouth open. I think I even may have burped…anything to get him not to like me so the date would finally be over. But he just liked me more. It was horrible. I didn’t really [seriously] go out with any guys until I was 18 and met my ex-fiance, Michael Weatherly.
C: What happened between you and Michael?
J: It just didn’t work out. I was so young when I started dating him. I was a virgin. I knew I wanted to be in love with the first person I slept with, because for almost everyone I knew, the first experience made them feel like shit. So I wanted to be really careful that he was going to be in love with me and wasn’t just going to leave me. It’s really, really, really difficult to have the same occupation as the person you’re with – especially when you’re both actors. Actors are pulled in so many different directions that unless you both are absolutely into it through thick and thin and completely sure about each other, it’s just hard. I’ve decided I’ll never date an actor again.