By Kara Warner and Dana Flax
The plot of '90s sitcom gem "The Nanny" revolves around a sequin-loving Queens Jewess (played by Fran Drescher) who assumes an unlikely career as a prim Manhattan nanny. In a case of life imitating art (sort of), Drescher recently traded acting for a new role as public diplomacy envoy for the U.S. State Department (focusing specifically on issues of women's health). Wonderwall caught up with Fran after the Badgley Mischka show, backstage at the W Lounge during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Tuesday to get the scoop on her new gig, and on her homegirls Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama. And, honestly, she kind of makes Washington, D.C., sound like a giant, pink-boa wearing, slumber party of a town. Party on, girls.
So, what's working for Secretary of State (and Fierceness) Hillary Clinton like?
"She's great," said Drescher. "She's very busy. I actually got to see her a lot more when she was running for office. Now, she's not around as much.
"I'm hoping that we'll be able to take a trip together at some point," she added, leaving us lying in wait for a televised Oprah-and-Gayle-style adventure. "But I'm more about goodwill and female empowerment as my job description, and she's more about saving the world and mending broken fences, so we're kind of on different paths.
"It's all good. We have very fond feelings for each other."
Drescher's advocacy efforts have also garnered the attention of our fierce first lady Michelle Obama, who invited Drescher to the White House recently for an event the actress called "The Ultimate Girls Night."
"[She is] so gracious," Drescher says of her hostess. "Fantastic, very warm, gives you a big bear hug. And the girls were so sweet, they each had a little girlfriend with them. It was really an empowering evening."
An exciting perk of being the world's most lovable nasal goddess? Hugs from the first lady's mom.
"I got to meet [Michelle Obama's] mom also, who loves 'The Nanny,'" Drescher said. "She was really excited to meet me. 'Can I give you a hug?' she said."
She probably said the same thing to Julie Andrews about "Mary Poppins," but we won't burst Fran's bubble.
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