Friday, September 21, 2007
Jenny McCarthy Calls Jim Carrey "Autism Whisperer"
Jenny McCarthy worried about finding a good man after her son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism two years ago. Then Jim Carrey came along. “Beyond doubt it was written in the stars that Jim and Evan were a pair,” the actress told People magazine. “He’s actually helped Evan get past some obstacles I couldn’t. I sometimes call him the autism whisperer. He speaks a language Evan understands, and Evan feels safe with him.”
Jenny and Jim went public with their romance last year. Though she’s in love, Jenny has no plans to marry the twice-divorced actor. “There will be no certificate,” she said. “It goes far deeper than that. Jim came into our life with an open heart and open arms. He’s learned a lot about autism. He listens. The power of listening. It can move mountains.”
Jenny and film director John Asher filed for divorce in August 2005, after six years of marriage. Earlier that year, Evan, now 5, was diagnosed with autism. Jenny, who starred on MTV’s Singled Out, detailed Evan’s progress in her new book, Louder Than Words: A Mother’s Journey in Healing Autism. She said Carrey was curious about Evan in a good way. But she was nervous about introducing them. “He was intrigued,” she said. “He asked questions. Still, it took me about a few months to bring Evan over.”