Erin Jensen, USA TODAY
Published 7:30 a.m. ET May 22, 2020
As wholesome as peach pie?
Former “Sex and the City” star Kristin Davis went from welcoming “Labor of Love” star Kristy Katzmann to Atlanta, where they filmed the debut season in early 2019, with a peach pie (that she tells USA TODAY she didn’t bake because of time constraints, though she is fully “capable”), to calling for waiters in black bow ties carrying trays with specimen cups.
“Y’all are ruthless,” one of the 15 contestants hoping to start a family with Katzmann is heard saying off-screen.
Davis then leads the cast to a trailer where the men will make their deposits so their sperm can be tested, all while the cameras roll. (Lenses stay outside of the trailer.)
Later, with Katzmann’s fertility doctor present, Davis gives an award to the contender with the most “active swimmers”: Alan, a writer from South Africa.
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Though Davis appears collected, she tells USA TODAY the segment made her rather uncomfortable.
“Oh, my god! Thought I was gonna die! Thought I was gonna die!” she says, adding the thought of viewers seeing it “scared” her.
Davis, a producer for the show, knew about the segment ahead of time and believes “it was important, because women have to go through a lot to find out if they can have children at a certain age. And you don’t necessarily think of the fact that men” can also have infertility issues.
“I knew we were gonna test the men. I just didn’t know we were gonna do it right then,” she says with a laugh.
The star says she wasn’t supposed to be onset for the challenge, but couldn’t bring herself to leave Katzmann.
“And then I was like, ‘I just can’t believe we’re doing this,'” Davis remembers, laughing. “It’s one thing on paper, then you get there. … I felt that way a few times throughout the show, but you know I think all’s fair in love and war.”
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Handing out the award also made herfeel like she was “gonna die.”
“I was like, ‘Are you guys sure about this?'” she shares. “But it’s a reality show, right? So you kind of do have to do – it’s funny. And, the other thing is that the men were really into it.”
Katzmann says she was also putting on a brave face during the testing, as she felt “terrified.”
“I might look calm on the outside, but I can assure you, I was having a total meltdown on the inside,” she says. “I thought, ‘Half of these men are just gonna leave,’ and every single one of them went through it and was a good sport about it. And I feel like I consistently saw that with them, week after week.”
In addition to feeling “mortified,” Katzmann felt “secretly pleased, because this was the test of all tests.”
“I really think that any guy who is willing to do that on national television has a serious investment in the whole process…” she adds. “It was really embarrassing for me, as well as them, but I actually think there could not have been a better way to start this whole journey.”
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