Entertainment Tonight
Inside Hollywood Marriages: David James Elliott

November 6, 2002

For the November "sweeps", DJE was on the set of Entertainment Tonight with his wife, Nanci Chambers. The couple interviewed each other as part of the ET feature "Inside Hollywood Marriages". The interviewe aired twice (Tuesday and The Weekend edition.) with slightly different 'cuts'. They are both included below.

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Video Transcript #1

NOTE: Portions highlighted in BOLD are from the ET Online transcript (also below) to give the full interview to the degree possible.

ET Online Introduction: All this week, ET has exclusive one-on-one interviews with celebrity husband and wife couples -- who interview each other and ask questions that no one else would dare! Tonight,"JAG"'s NANCI CHAMBERS turns the tables on hubby and TV's best known military advocate DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT by putting him in the witness box.
   H:   ET Host
   D:   David James Elliott
   N:   Nanci Chambers


H:    ....(Nanci) has a recurring role on the CBS hit series (JAG), and when it was their turn to interview each other on our ET set, their baby-to-be was topic #1.

N:    At this time in our life, how do you think the birth of the new baby's going to change you?

D:    It's going to definitely make me look older and more tired (Nanci laughs)..  I'm afraid that that's probably going to happen.

H:    Nanci and David are proud parents of 9-year-old Stephanie.  And now, with child #2 due early next year, David knows that life is about to change.

D:    I'm probably a little scared.

N:    You are?  It's a little late.

D:    You know, I remember Stephanie, and she was a little terrifying, I gotta tell you.  I mean, you know, I'm a little afraid of the sleep deprivation.

N:    Like, you're gonna get up?  Huh?

D:    (Laughs)  Get up -- gotta go to work.

N:    Are you saying that on national television -- you're getting up?!

D:    You know what, truthfully, I think you're a fantastic mother.

N:    Thank you.

D:    And thank God, because I'm forever like coming up against situations that baffle me, and you always know the exact right thing to do, and thank God.

H:    It was in 1995 that ET first met David, the star of a brand new series called JAG.

(From Clips)   --  David  --  I'm not a hunk.  Stop it (Smiles).   I have a brain!
                    --  David  --  You know what they say about dress whites and gold wings..  It's rarely a lonely night.

H:    David could have used the help of that uniform when he first met Nanci in their native Canada.

D:    What was your first impression of me?

N:    Not good.  (David laughs  --  Not good?)  Not good.

D:    Oh, you didn't like me at first?

N:    No, remember?

D:    Oh, you thought that I might be arrogant, and then you found out that wasn't the case....

N:    I thought you were probably pompous and not very nice and far too good looking, and.... 

D:    And that wasn't the case, was it? 

N:    No, no.  Turned out, thank God, not to be true -- you're the father of my children.  (David -- Right)
      
N:    What was your first impression of me?

D:    Of you?  Ah....

N:    Yes.  Be careful.

D:    Hey, no, I thought you were a knockout, but you blew me off. 

N:    That's true. 

D:    Yes.  You remember?  Yeah -- tried one of my best lines on you --  "nice cowboy boots". 

N:    Didn't work. 

D:    And I was given the cold shoulder, and so I went away.

H:    But he wasn't easily dissuaded, and asked Nanci out.

N:    What do you remember about our first date?  (Laughs)

D:    Oh God.  I hate these kinds of questions.  Our first date was....

N:   Do you remember our first date?

D:    Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. 

N:   Do you remember the date of our first date?

D:   No, I'm sure you do though.

N:   I do.  

D:    No, the first date I didn't make reservations, and we showed up and....  (Nanci -- Had nowhere to eat)  ....were told that we had nowhere to eat, but I made a quick recovery, and I called my pal at the Oyster Bar, and we went down there.  Wasn't that the first date? 

N:    It was the first date.  Very good.

D:    It was very nice.  We took a cab home, and we won't say what happened in the cab, but..... (Nanci -- Nothing!) (David laughs)

N:    At what moment did you realize that you loved me, or have you realized that yet?

D:    No, I'm still waiting for that realization to kick in.  It's only been close to 100 years.  Don't you remember -- the moment in my hallway?

N:    I remember that moment, yes.

D:    And that was the moment (Nancy -- OK) and I told you that I loved you.  And I forget what else I told you, but I remember the moment.

N:   You said I could answer at any time.

D:   You didn't tell me for a while.  That was a little heartbreaking -- when you take the plunge, and the person doesn't really respond with anything, and you're going, "God, I wish I hadn't said that.  Let me rewind and not say it".
       
D:    What's the most romantic thing I've ever done for you?

N:    Uh, that's a tough one, 'cause you are not the most romantic.... (David laughs)

D:    I'm the most romantic man in Hollywood.  I read it on a headline once.

N:    They didn't know you when they wrote that article.  I've been asked that, and I've never come up with an answer.  Come on, help me out here.  What's the most romantic thing you've ever done? (Both laugh)

D:    What did I do to get you down here?  I mean, was not that....

N:    Oh, ok.  That is the first and last romantic thing you've ever done, when you wooed me, when I wouldn't move down here, and you showed up at my doorstep in Toronto....  (David -- Then I packed you, and moved you down here)  That's it -- packed my house and moved me that week-end.

D:   I like interviewing better than answering.

N:   I noticed.

H:    If that wasn't romantic enough, David has made up for it.   But in 1992, their first wedding, yes -- first, was strictly no frills.

D:    What do you remember most about our wedding day?  And don't tell on the first one, 'cause that would just spoil the whole most romantic man in Hollywood image.

N:    I think it's spoiled, Honey.  (David -- OK)

(From Clip)  --  David --  We eloped.  We went to City Hall and didn't tell anybody, because we were going to have a wedding.  And then you know time passed, and we were busy, and it never happened.

H:    The then struggling actor wore one of the two suits he owned.  Afterward they went to the movies.  But they promised to renew their vows in style.   In 1999 they did just that, in a storybook wedding on the bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. 

(From Clip)  --  Ceremony  --  Do you recognize this man to be your Divine soul mate, your lover, your companion, your friend, your confidante, and now your husband?
                  --  Nanci  --  I do.

H:    As seen in an In Style celebrity wedding special, guests were asked to dress in white, Stephanie was their flower girl, and Nanci wore a seventy-thousand-dollar Pamela Dennis gown with an eight-foot train.  David and his groomsmen wore kilts.  Nanci couldn't call him unromantic anymore. 

N:    When I first saw you, when I came in on horseback, and saw you see me, and then I got down and walked toward you, I couldn't stop crying.

D:    It wasn't when I licked your finger to get the ring off? (Both laugh)

N:    No, that wasn't good.  I try to wipe those memories out of my mind.

D:    The ring wouldn't come off, or it wouldn't go on?  (Nanci -- It wouldn't go on) ....it wouldn't go on, so I stuck your finger in my mouth.

N:    Oh, that was horrifying!  (Both laugh)

D:    Why do you think our relationship works?

N:    Because you do as you're told (David laughs -- Yeah)  I don't know -- communication....right?

D:    Understanding, communication....

N:    We talk, we talk a lot.

D:    If we grow together, then we won't grow apart.   (He repeats dramatically)

N:    It costs too much money to get divorced. 

H:    Not only are they growing together, they're working together.  They produced the TV movie Faithful Traveler in 2000, and she has played a recurring character on JAG for several seasons.

(From Clip)  --  David  --  I'm two ranks above her, so it's nice to finally have the upper hand.

D:    What habit of mine annoys you the most?

N:    Oh God.   There are so many.

D:    Is it the guitars?

N:    I'd have to say the guitars.  When I'm having conversation with you, and you pick up a guitar and start playing it -- yeah.   Or I'm on the phone with you, and you play your guitar, that's very annoying.

D:    (Smiles)  Nice.

H:    Still, David never misses a chance to sing her praises.

(From Clip)  --  David  --  She's like the greatest person that I could have ever connected with..

H:    After 10 years of marriage, he hasn't changed his tune.

N:    How would your life be different without me?

D:    I wouldn't be where I am, Darling.   Without you, I'm nothing.  (Nanci giggles -- OK)



Video Transcript #2

  MH: Mary Hart
  H: Host
  D: David James Elliott
  N: Nanci Chambers


MH:    ....(their) Hollywood marriage, their wedding, the baby on the way, what's it's really like to be married to JAG.

N:    Can I be honest?

MH:    JAG's David James Elliott and his wife -- what he says about being rejected by her before their first date.

D:    You blew me off.

N:    That's true.

MH:    We take you inside their Hollywood marriage, coming up on Entertainment Tonight.

H:    JAG star, David James Elliott.   Who gives the orders at home?  Next on ET, David and his pregnant wife Nanci take us inside their Hollywood marriage.

D:    Why do you think our relationship works?

N:    Because you do as you're told.

MH:    David James Elliott's Hollywood marriage.  The JAG star may call the shots on TV, but his wife, Nanci Chambers, pulled rank when they interviewed each other.

D:    Why do you think our relationship works?

N:    Because you do as you're told.

MH:    Sounds like a smart military tactic, but when David and Nanci came to our ET set, we found out that at home the Commander isn't always button-down perfect.

D:    What would the audience be surprised to learn about me?

N:   Can I be honest?

D:   Don't be too brutally honest, because you have to live with your answers.

N:    Can I say you're extremely messy?

D:    That's not really my fault.  You know, that's a quality that some people have, and I'm not that bad.  I think it's relative. There are messier people than me, frankly.
      
D:    What habit of mine annoys you the most?

N:    When I'm having conversation with you, and you pick up a guitar and start playing it -- yeah, or I'm on the phone with you and you play your guitar, that's very annoying. 

D:    (Smiles)  Nice.

MH:    The two learned to put up with each other's quirks, right from the start.

N:    What was your first impression of me?

D:    Hey, no, I thought you were a knockout, but you blew me off.

N:    That's true.

D:    Tried one of my best lines on you -- "nice cowboy boots".

N:    Didn't work.

D:    I was given the cold shoulder, and so I went away.

D:    So do you believe in love at first sight?

N:    Definitely.  Maybe love at second site, because the first sight was not good.   The second time I saw you a year later, BaBoom.

MH:    BaBoom indeed.   And in 1992, the couple was married in a no frills civil ceremony.  But 7 years later, after new-found success, they married again in high style. 

D:    What do you remember most about our wedding day?

N:    When I first saw you, when I came in on horseback, and saw you see me, and then I got down and walked toward you, and I couldn't stop crying.

D:    It wasn't when I licked your finger to get the ring off?  (Both laugh)

N:    No, that wasn't good.  I try to wipe those memories out of my mind.

D:    The ring wouldn't come off, or it wouldn't go on?  (Nanci -- it wouldn't go on) It wouldn't go on, so I stuck your finger in my mouth.

N:    Oh, that was horrifying.   (Both laugh)

MH:    The flower girl was the couple's then 6-year-old daughter, Stephanie, who at age 9 is about to become a big sister. 

N:    At this time in our life, how do you think the birth of the new baby's going to change you?

D:    I'm probably a little scared.

N:    You are?  It's a little late.

D:    You know, I remember Stephanie, and she was a little terrifying, I gotta tell you.   I mean, you know, I'm a little afraid of the sleep deprivation.

N:    Like you're gonna get up?  Huh?

D:    (Laughs)  Get up -- gotta go to work.

N:    Are you saying that on national television -- you're getting up?!

MH:    Nancy has a recurring role on JAG, and sometimes work can cause friction at home.

D:    Ever get jealous of me on screen when I'm working with other women?

N:    Of course I do.   It's a very weird thing to see your husband kissing someone else.   It's hard.

D:    It's an odd way to make a living.

MH:    Very cute!   She says his best attribute is his eyes.   He says Nanci's is her butt -- typical.


Transcript from the ET Online site:   It is not a transcript from either aired version 'cut'...  it adds a bit here and there and does not have the voiceovers.

All this week, ET has exclusive one-on-one interviews with celebrity husband and wife couples -- who interview each other and ask questions that no one else would dare!

Tonight, "JAG"'s NANCI CHAMBERS turns the tables on hubby and TV's best-known military advocate DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT by putting him in the witness box.

NANCI CHAMBERS: What was your first impression of me?

DAVID JAMES ELLIOTT: Of you? I thought you were a knockout but you blew me off. I tried one of my best lines on you -- "Nice cowboy boots" -- and was given the cold shoulder, so I went away.
What habit of mine annoys you the most?

NANCI: I'd have to say it's the guitars. When I'm having a conversation with you, and you pick up the guitar and start playing it, or I'm on the phone with you and you play your guitar, that's very annoying.
What do you remember most about our first date?

DAVID: Oh, I hate these kinds of questions.

NANCI: Do you remember our first date?

DAVID: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

NANCI: Do you remember the date of our first date?

DAVID: No, I'm sure you do though.

NANCI: I do.

DAVID: The first date I didn't make reservations. We showed up and were told that we had nowhere to eat, but I made a quick recovery and I called my pal at the Oyster Bar and we went down there.
What would the audience be surprised to learn about me?

NANCI: Can I be honest?

DAVID: Don't be too brutally honest because you have to live with your answers.

NANCI: Can I say you're extremely messy?

DAVID: That's not really my fault. That's a quality that some people have, and I'm not that bad. I think it's relative. There are messier people than me, frankly.
What's the most romantic thing I've ever done for you?

NANCI: That's a tough one because you're not the most romantic man.

DAVID: I'm the most romantic man in Hollywood. I read it on a headline once.

NANCI: They didn't know you when they wrote that article. I've been asked that and I've never come up with an answer. Come on, help me out here. What's the most romantic thing you've ever done?

DAVID: What did I do to get you down here?

NANCI: That is the first and last romantic thing you've ever done. When you wooed me, and when I wouldn't move down here, you showed up at my doorstep in Toronto, packed my house and moved me that weekend.

DAVID: I like interviewing better than answering.

NANCI: I noticed. At what moment did you realize that you loved me, or have you realized that yet?

DAVID: I'm still waiting for that realization to kick in. It's only been close to 100 years. Don't you remember the moment in my hallway?

NANCI: I remember that moment, yes.

DAVID: That was the moment. I told you that I loved you, and I forget what else I told you but I remember the moment.

NANCI: You said I could answer at any time.

DAVID: You didn't tell me for a while. That was a little heartbreaking. When you take the plunge, and the person doesn't really respond with anything and you're going, "God, I wish I hadn't said that. Let me rewind and not say it."


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