On "Mr. Mayor," Fran Drescher plays a woman fresh off a breakup and ready to sow her wild oats. In some ways, the real life Fran can "without question" relate to her character.
"I mean, not right now in my life," she told E! News, "but you know when I first got divorced and I was in my early 40s, forget about it. I was like the animal let out of the zoo."
Then, though, came a string of horrifically bad dates.
"I've been on dates with guys who we got into a fight about how we would raise this imaginary kid that we were never gonna have because we clearly were completely different people who would have different styles of parenting," she said. "Anybody that ever says anything that even suggests or hints at any kind of prejudice of anybody, that is like, 'OK I have a headache, we're not even gonna order dinner.'"
Fran even once dabbled in online dating, but she found out that many potential suitors toed the line of truthfulness.
"I tried one app once and I found that none of the guys seemed to be honest about how they presented themselves. They weren't as successful as their profile suggested, some of them smoked," she said. "All in all I think that they kind of fudge their age, they fudge their accomplishments. And although I've been with guys who weren't as successful as I am, I've learned the hard way that it's fun for a while but then but then eventually they begin to resent you for paying for everything and for having more than they have and for being more successful than they are. It starts to chip away at the male ego. So I'm not gonna do that anymore because it's too painful for me. I don't wanna be resented for my success."
At this point, Fran is ready to put herself out there again.
"I think I'm at a place right now where I'm just beginning to want to stick my toe back in the water and put the word out there to look for me," she said. "After my last relationship and certainly through COVID, [I went through] a period where I kind of got more into having a relationship with myself and that's been going very well."
Heck, her closest relationship in a while may have been the unplanned one she had with Salma Hayek at the SAG Awards.